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Historic landmark catches fire

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Courtesy: McKinley Cain Courtesy: McKinley Cain
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A local landmark caught fire at 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

Firefighters arrived on scene a few minutes later to save the Whaley Historic Home.

"The fire was contained to the roof area, however we did get some water damage on the inside," said Fire Chief David Cox.

Everyone was able to get out of the building safely. Cox has his own theory on how the fire started.

"We're thinking that maybe, perhaps, they were doing something with work on the roof with the gutters and that could have contributed to the fire starting," Cox said.

The house, which at one time was home to the Whaley family, is now a museum and looks to promote the history of Flint.

The Whaley House Museum is governed by the non-profit organization the Whaley Historical House Association.

The Victorian mansion was almost demolished when Interstate 475 was built, but after a battle, the path of the expressway was moved.

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