Fire Damages Historical Richard M. Nixon Recreation Center

A fire damages a historical center in Eastern Kentucky.

Officials say the fire started in the mechanical room at the Richard M. Nixon Recreation Center filling the building with smoke.

Seven fire departments were called in to battle the fire.

No injuries were reported.

Staff members rushed to salvage equipment from the building.

"The Nixon Center is a huge part of our community and our country. We have all kinds of major events here and people enjoy and look forward to coming to and it's a landmark here in Leslie County,"

The center made headlines thirty years ago when Former President Richard Nixon made his first public appearance there after his resignation, four years earlier.

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