NEW AERIAL PHOTOS ADDED: Crews get fire at US Space and Rocket Center under control


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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Heavy smoke is visible from I-565, as emergency crews respond to fire calls at the US Space and Rocket Center (USSRC).

Flames could be seen at a building near the display shuttle.

“The building that caught fire is an old Mission to Mars building. It has not been used probably in 10 to 12 years,” said USSRC spokesman Tim Hall.

“No one has been inside that building for a number of years,” said Hall. “It was scheduled for some renovation sometime in the near future.”

But he emphasizes that everything is business as usual.

“A lot of folks are calling in about Star Wars, we’re showing The Force Awakens,” explained Hall. “All of our movies are going to go on as scheduled, this fire has not impacted our main buildings, the Davidson Center or the administration building.”

Capt. Frank McKenzie with Huntsville Fire & Rescue says the call came in at 2:23 Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries reported, and as far as they can tell no one was inside, according to authorities.

Hall adds the building has gone unused for years, and though it is a busy day at the tourist attraction, no one (not even employees) would be inside or immediately near the building.

The cause of the fire and point of origin have not yet been established.


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