(ST. LOUIS) — A 107-year-old St. Louis building that houses rare manuscripts was badly damaged in a fire, but authorities are hopeful most of the manuscripts were spared.

The fire broke out Tuesday night at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. At least 80 firefighters responded as flames shot out through the roof and smoke poured from windows.

No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The museum is the 13th branch in a system created by California collectors David and Marsha Karpeles in 1983. The St. Louis branch opened in 2015.

Exhibits are rotated among branches, and the museum’s Facebook page said the St. Louis site was currently exhibiting documents from Russia, from 1711-1963, and a section on the St. Louis Black Media Experience.


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