Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Fort burns to ground; cause unkown
WARRENTON, Ore. - Fort Clatsop, a replica of where the Lewis and Clark expedition spent the soggy winter of 1805-1806 after reaching the Pacific, was destroyed by fire, park superintendent Chip Jenkins said Tuesday.
Volunteer firefighters worked for hours Monday night to try to save the fort at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Jenkins said, but "half of the fort was burned up, and the other half is essentially a loss."
A cause for the fire has not yet been determined. Fire investigators began looking for the cause of the blaze on Tuesday morning.
The fire happened just 40 days before a Lewis and Clark Bicentennial event was scheduled to be held at the fort, the culmination of a two-year, national celebration of the explorers' journey West.