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10:42 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Museum Fire in Osage County

Credit Osage County Historical Museum

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — Officials say they're relieved no artifacts were damaged after a fire broke out at the Osage County Historical Society Museum in Pawhuska.

Authorities say the fire was reported early Wednesday. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames, though the blaze caused extensive smoke damage in the building.

Jack Shoemate, the chairman of the museum's board of directors, says he's relieved the building didn't sustain major damage and that the contents of the museum were safe. The museum is located in a converted railway depot built in 1922.

The Examiner-Enterprise reports (http://is.gd/piUIzW ) that the museum will remain closed to the public while repairs are being made to the building and its collections, which include priceless Native Americana and items from pioneer days.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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Information from: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, http://www.examiner-enterprise.com