Fire Ravages Flight 93 Memorial Site, Destroys Three Buildings
A fire destroyed three buildings at the memorial for Flight 93, and may have destroyed archival material and memorabilia, according to spokespeople for the Pennsylvania memorial site.
While no one was hurt and the main memorial site was untouched, three administrative buildings in the park’s headquarters were affected, and the AP reports that only 10 percent of the overall collection was on site, but it remains unclear how much of its contents, such as a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on September 11th, was affected. “Until the area is declared safe, however, staff will not be able to access the collection storage area and determine the condition of any other objects,” the National Park Service said in a statement.
The cause of the fire remains unknown.
The memorial, which is expected to open in June, honors the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, who died while fighting against hijackers during the September 11th attacks.
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