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Officials assess fire damage to fairgrounds armory

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Officials are assessing when work can resume on the old Hinds County Armory on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson.


Work was underway on the armory's roof when the structure was damaged by fire July 2.


State Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith tells the Mississippi Business Journal  that a preliminary investigation points to sparks generated by welders as the cause of the fire.


She says the investigation continues.


The armory was built in the 1920s, and once served as the city of Jackson's city hall. It also once housed the Mississippi adjutant general's office. The Mississippi National Guard used it as a training facility for five decades.


The armory was designated a Mississippi Landmark in 1986, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.



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