Downtown historic buildings destroyed in Port Gibson fire

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Firefighters put out hot spots on a fire that destroyed two historic building on Carroll Street in downtown Port Gibson. (Justin Sellers / The Vicksburg Post)

Firefighters put out hot spots on a fire that destroyed two historic building on Carroll Street in downtown Port Gibson. (Justin Sellers / The Vicksburg Post)

PORT GIBSON — Two historic downtown buildings were destroyed by fire Monday night in Port Gibson.

The smoldering remains of an old service station and former hotel continue to smoke as crews put of the fire. (Justin Sellers / The Vicksburg Post)

The smoldering remains of an old service station and former hotel continue to smoke as crews put of the fire. (Justin Sellers / The Vicksburg Post)

A Port Gibson Police dispatcher said fire crews were dispatched at approximately 8:20 p.m. to Carroll Street, where two buildings caught fire.

An abandoned service station and former hotel building were destroyed in the fire, the dispatcher said. The building was once reportedly home to the African-American entertainers of the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, which have a Mississippi Blue Trail marker at the building’s location.

A neighboring building, formerly a Masonic lodge, also burned as well as a brick storage structure.

The fire was out as of 10:20 p.m., the dispatcher said, but crews remained on scene checking for hot spots.

The cause of the fire had not been determined as of 11 p.m.