Hannibal firefighters says it’s unclear what caused a small fire at the old St. Elizabeth Hospital late Friday afternoon.
The call came in around 5:20 p.m. Hannibal Fire Chief Sean Hampton says it only took crews a few minutes to put out the debris that had caught fire inside the vacant building.
“They pretty much had the fire out,” Hampton said.
The former hospital has been a controversial subject over the past few years because of its crumbling condition.
“You know we do want to get the fire extinguished but in the process this building not worth losing a life over,” Asst. Fire Chief Jeff Crane said. “So unless we knew for sure that someone was in it there’s a lot less chance that we are going to enter it.”
City officials said they were preparing to take the owner to court this month.