Fire strikes Old Cahawba

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 30, 2005

The Selma Times-Journal

Visitors to Old Cahawba state park will miss the old visitor’s center, which burned down early Friday morning.

The center, a replica of Sen. John T. Morgan’s childhood home, was apparently struck by lightning, officials with the Orrville Fire Department said.

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The home wasn’t a historic site, Derry said, but the lot was.

Firefighters showed up too late to save any of the building. The structure was burning for some time before they were called, officials said.

They were able to contain the fire, by spraying the backside of the building with water, thereby preventing the spread to a nearby building, which was a historic site.

The building that was burned was only 13-years-old.

Derry couldn’t be contacted as of presstime regarding insurance on the site.