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Fire guts warehouse building in Pawhuska

The Osage Market building located at 120 E. 5th Street in Pawhuska, formerly the Osage Building Material warehouse, is fully engulfed in flames Wednesday evening. The building, owned by Hank and Patty Benson and now used to house an antique and resale business, was gutted by the fire which occurred at approximately 6 p.m. The structure is considered a total loss. Photos by Jack Buzbee/J-C Correspondent
The Osage Market building located at 120 E. 5th Street in Pawhuska, formerly the Osage Building Material warehouse, is fully engulfed in flames Wednesday evening. The building, owned by Hank and Patty Benson and now used to house an antique and resale business, was gutted by the fire which occurred at approximately 6 p.m. The structure is considered a total loss. Photos by Jack Buzbee/J-C Correspondent
The Osage Market building located at 120 E. 5th Street in Pawhuska, formerly the Osage Building Material warehouse, is fully engulfed in flames Wednesday evening. The building, owned by Hank and Patty Benson and now used to house an antique and resale business, was gutted by the fire which occurred at approximately 6 p.m. The structure is considered a total loss. Photos by Jack Buzbee/J-C Correspondent
The Osage Market building located at 120 E. 5th Street in Pawhuska, formerly the Osage Building Material warehouse, is fully engulfed in flames Wednesday evening. The building, owned by Hank and Patty Benson and now used to house an antique and resale business, was gutted by the fire which occurred at approximately 6 p.m. The structure is considered a total loss. Photos by Jack Buzbee/J-C Correspondent
The Osage Market building located at 120 E. 5th Street in Pawhuska, formerly the Osage Building Material warehouse, is fully engulfed in flames Wednesday evening. The building, owned by Hank and Patty Benson and now used to house an antique and resale business, was gutted by the fire which occurred at approximately 6 p.m. The structure is considered a total loss. Photos by Jack Buzbee/J-C Correspondent
The Osage Market building located at 120 E. 5th Street in Pawhuska, formerly the Osage Building Material warehouse, is fully engulfed in flames Wednesday evening. The building, owned by Hank and Patty Benson and now used to house an antique and resale business, was gutted by the fire which occurred at approximately 6 p.m. The structure is considered a total loss. Photos by Jack Buzbee/J-C Correspondent

A massive fire engulfed and destroyed the historic Benson Warehouse in Pawhuska during the early Wednesday evening hours.

The warehous, located at 120 East 5th (across from Allen Bros. Feed Store), is considered a total loss from the blaze which began around 6 p.m.

The fire originated on the east end and quickly spread throughout the 93-year old structure. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. The east end of the building was being used to store hay and there was an electrical line running adjacent to the building. That, coupled with yesterday’s excessive heat, could be contributing factors.

Assisting the Pawhuska Fire Department were units from Barnsdall and Pershing.

The property, owned by Hank and Patty Benson, was built by Nash Finch Company in the 1920s as a food distribution warehouse. Hank Benson’s grandfather, Harry Garfield Benson, purchased the building in 1938 and renamed it the Osage Building Material Warehouse.

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