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An 1870 mansion on Curtin Street has been destroyed by fire today. It housed seven apartments. Everyone was safely evacuated, but the building is a total loss.

Updated: Some photographs taken by Mark Houser, via Bellefonte.com.

Updated: Bellefonte fire history: Bellefonte has lost four historic buildings in as many years. On July 14, 2005, the Bellefonte Academy was destroyed. On February 8, 2006, fire destroyed the Bush House. On April 2, 2007, the Victorian Manor Bed & Breakfast, and now, September 19, 2008, an historic mansion on Curtin and Allegheny. (I'm still trying to determine if it had a proper name, as many of our historical buildings do.)

I'm also making inquiries as to whether we'll be examining what went wrong with the fire hydrants. Specifically, why two were non-functional and not marked as such. I doubt there will be a public outcry over it, but perhaps there should be.

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