Fire damages historic home museum
FLINT, Mich. (AP) – A fire has damaged a museum that is considered to be one of the last houses in Flint from the 1800s.
The fire Monday destroyed part of the roof at the Whaley Historic House Museum, a house that once belonged to Robert Whaley, who was president of Citizens Bank. His family lived there until the 1920s.
Museum president Thomas Henthorn says most of the museum’s collections were on the other opposite side of the fire. But he noted that any damage to the house is significant because the house is an artifact.
Henthorn tells The Flint Journal that bedrooms, a music room and the main stairwell were damaged.
Museum director Samantha Engel says the fire could be related to restoration work on the exterior.
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