Three-alarm fire rages at Imperial Brewery building in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Drivers on Interstate 35 got an unexpected light show Friday morning as they drove past a fire at a historic brewery building in Kansas City, Mo.

Firefighters spent several hours battling the three-alarm blaze that started late Thursday night.

The fire was reported around 11:20 p.m. at the Imperial Brewery building, 1500 E. 29th St.

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Fire crews from Kansas City, Kan., assisted the Kansas City Fire Department in putting out the large fire.

Firefighters fought the fire defensively for more than two hours.

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KCFD  Chief James Garett said the size of the building, built in the early 1900s, made it difficult to fight the fire.

No injuries were reported in the fire. The cause was not immediately clear.

The owners of the building, Dean Realty Company, launched an effort in 2011 to redevelop the building.

The brewery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 2011, had housed machinery for a flour mill that occupied the space until the 1980s.

41 Action News Reporter Jenna Hanchard is on the scene and will have more on this story this morning on 41 Action News Today from now until 7 a.m.

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