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      Fire damages former Hannibal restaurant

      An overnight fire damaged a former restaruant property now owned by the city of Hannibal.

      UPDATED-----There's now a joint investigation involving the Hannibal Police Department and the Hannibal Fire Department as to who set a fire that damaged the old Bubba's Restaurant along the riverfront.

      Fire crews were called to the former restaurant at 11:45 Sunday night.

      When they arrived on the scene they found smoke and fire coming from the second floor.

      It only took crews about 15 minutes to put out the fire, but they remained on the scene for two more hours checking for hot spots and standing by in case the fire rekindled.

      Fire Chief Bill Madore said his department had to force their way into the building to put out the fire.

      He also said that all of the utilities to the building had been turned off.

      The old Bubba's restaurant was heavily damaged during the 2008 flood and just last year, the city took ownership of the property through the commercial flood buyout program.

      Hannibal City manager Jeff LaGarce said the building is scheduled to be torn down in the next couple of months and that the area will become a part of the green open space along the river.

      The building was built back in 1910 and started out as a wholesale grocery warehouse.

      However now, the building is boarded up and has been spray painted by vandals.

      Once demolition starts, i t should take just a few weeks for the building to be torn down and the debris removed from the area.

      If you have any information that could help the police or fire department, you're asked to call either the police department at 573-221-0987 or the fire department at 573-221-0657.

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      An overnight fire damaged a former restaruant property now owned by the city of Hannibal.

      The building formerly known as Bubba's Restaurant on the city's waterfront was sold to the city and is expected to be razed.

      The restaurant was plagued by 2008 flood. The final pieces of the property were sold to the city in March.

      No cause of the fire is known as of Monday morning.