• Officials: Historic Pineville site damaged by fire

    By: Alexa Ashwell

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    PINEVILLE, N.C. - A fire broke out at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville Thursday night.

    IMAGES: Attic fire contained in building at James K. Polk site

    Fire officials reported heavy fire coming from the attic in the kitchen cabin building.

    They were able to contain the fire to the attic.

    “This building has been in Pineville for a long time. It's been here a lot longer than any of us," Michael Gerin, the assistant fire chief at the Pineville Fire Department said.

    VIDEO SLIDESHOW: Attic fire contained in building at James K. Polk site

    He used to come to the historic site as a child.

    The land was once owned by the parents of James Polk, the 11th U.S. president.

    The kitchen cabin is authentically furnished with pieces from the 1800s when Polk was a child.

    The site manager rushed here when the building caught fire.

    “The two buildings -- they were moved here in the 1960s to simulate the Polk farm when James Polk was growing up here as a boy," said Scott Warren, site manager.

    Firefighters were able to salvage most if not all of the items in the kitchen cabin.

    One firefighter was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

    The cause is under investigation.

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