Group Plans to Restore Historic Mt. Pleasant Building Damaged by Fire

Crews battle an apartment fire in downtown Mount Pleasant this morning. (Contributed photo by Melanie Housel)

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By Aaron Hepker

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Fire has damaged a historic building in downtown Mount Pleasant that a group hopes to restore.

The fire at the Union Block building broke out Tuesday morning. Fire officials believe it started in a second-floor apartment of the three-story building. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Hawk Eye in Burlington says a group, Mount Pleasant Main Street, is in the final stages of acquiring the building with plans to renovate it. The group's Lisa Oetken says it's doubtful the fire will change those plans because the organization plans to gut the building. She says a structural analysis will have to be done.

Before the fire, the group estimated it would cost $2 million to restore the building, which was built in 1861.

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