Events to mark anniversary of Capitol fire

On Feb. 5, 1911, lightning struck the Capitol building in Jefferson City. The subsequent fire heavily the damaged building; what the fire didn’t ruin, water from the Jefferson City and prison fire departments did. Damages were estimated at more than $1 million.

On Feb. 5, 1911, lightning struck the Capitol building in Jefferson City. The subsequent fire heavily the damaged building; what the fire didn’t ruin, water from the Jefferson City and prison fire departments did. Damages were estimated at more than $1 million. Local file photo

A celebration commemorating the 1911 fire which destroyed the Capitol is planned for 6:15 p.m. Feb. 5.

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Courthouse and church bells in Jefferson City will ring, and firetrucks from Jefferson City, Sedalia and other locations will “Sound the Alarm” as they circle the Capitol at the exact hour the fire began.

Mayor John Landwehr will make a proclamation, and Bob Priddy will share a history brief.

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