UPDATE: KSIS's Jack Miller spoke with Sedalia Police Battalion Chief Paul Withers this morning (July 19), who updated us on the fire that destroyed the Mark Twain Apartment Building last night. Withers says that the building has not fallen down, and the blaze has been tamed despite several "hot spots" at the building.  Police have blocked off the building  and the public is being asked to avoid the area.

Here is Jack Miller's newsbreak with Battalion Chief Paul Withers:


A fire that began around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 has destroyed the Mark Twain Apartments Building at 800 West Second Street in Sedalia.  According to officials on the scene, the fire may have started as a result of construction crews working on a tenant's apartment on the upper level of the northeast corner of the building.

Firefighters arrived immediately at the scene, and fought the blaze through triple-digit temperatures.  The apartments were destroyed, and tenants are seeking temporary housing.

KSIS's own Rebehka Cramer was a tenant in the building that caught on fire.  She reported live on the scene that afternoon.

So far there have been no reports of any injuries as a result of the fire.  We will update this story as it develops.