Military Records Destroyed
Records On Military Men Destroyed In Kansas Blaze United Press International OVERLAND, Kan. Hundreds of thousands of military personnel records were destroyed early today in a fire that extensively damaged a huge building used for storing government documents. Employes said the only personnel in the building at time of the fire were those working at computer center on the fourth floor. No injuries were reported. The FBI and other federal agencies refused to admit reporters through the front gates of the U.S. military personnel records center. Authorities would not speculate on the cause of the blaze. The giant complex contained records of 26 million past and present members of the U.S. military. , The fire apparently broke out a few minutes after midnight on the top floor of the six-story building. Fire officials said the blaze, was confined to the fifth and sixth floors. Seven hours after the fire broke out, flames were still shooting from the top of the building. One center employe said the sixth floor of the building contained "boxes and boxes of records.". Other employes said most of the records were on paper and were extensively damaged by water. Two firemen were overcome by smoke and were hospitalized. No employes were injured, authorities said. The center employes about 8,000 persons.