Fire burns 3 buildings at Flight 93 memorial site

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Fire Erupts At Flight 93 Memorial

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial destroyed three administrative buildings on Friday, leaving officials concerned about some of the memorabilia and archival material stored there.

Wind-whipped flames didn't touch the under-construction memorial and visitors center, which are about 2 miles away on the large property in rural western Pennsylvania, National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said. No one was injured in the fire, whose cause is under investigation.

The buildings comprised the park's headquarters, with conference facilities, storage space and the superintendent's office. About 10 percent of the memorial's archival collection was kept on site, and many objects were in fireproof safes, officials said.

Park staff saved an oral history collection and photo collection. The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the memorial last month was not on site, officials said, but a full inventory will have to wait.

"Until the area is declared safe, however, staff will not be able to access the collection storage area and determine the condition of any other objects," the park service said in a statement.

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A fire burns Friday Oct. 3, 2014 about 3 p.m. and grew to include both the Flight 93 park office and park headquarters, according to a Somerset County emergency dispatcher. (AP Photo/Courtesy National Park Foundation)
SHANKSVILLE, PA- SEPTEMBER 10: New trees and windmills are shown near the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex during a media tour of the complex September 10, 2014, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The complex includes a visitor center, Flight Path Walkway and learning center. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Rick Sarmiento, center, embraces Karen Bingham, left, and Nancy Root, right, during a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, Shanksville, Pa. Karen Bingham's son Mark Bingham was a passenger on Flight 93, as was Nancy Root's cousin Lorraine G. Bay. The memorial marks the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed 13 years ago in a reclaimed strip mine some 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh after passengers fought back against hijackers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A flag is placed at the base of the Wall of Names that contains the names of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, Sept.10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Family and friends of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 walk past the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., as they arrive for a Service of Remembrance Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, as the nation marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 touch the Wall of Names containing the names of the 40 passengers and crew who perished in the crash of Flight 93. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A flag is placed at the base of the Wall of Names that contains the names of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, Sept.10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Yachiyo Kuge, the mother of Toshiya Kuge who was a passenger on Flight 93, places origami birds near his name, at the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Yachiyo Kuge, the mother of Toshiya Kuge who was a passenger on Flight 93, stands near his name on the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
One of 40 luminarias in memory of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 is carried to the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
40 luminarias, in memory of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93, are carried to the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
40 luminarias, in memory of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93, are carried to the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Candles in memory of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93, are carried to the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Candles in memory of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93, are carried to the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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These are items left at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
This is the view from the Flight 93 Visitors Center Complex, of the impact area, marked by the boulder, center rear, of Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gordon Felt, who lost his brother Edward Felt on Flight 93, looks at his tie during a tour of the Flight 93 Visitors Center Complex that is under construction overlooking the crash site of Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Shanksville, Pa. Construction is scheduled to be completed by late 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Sarah Kowalczyk, 6, from Lake Village, Indiana, holds a giant flag while participating in a sunset memorial service at the Flight 93 National Memorial on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
ADDS LOCATION - Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial hold a giant flag as they participate in a sunset memorial service at sunset on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Shanksville, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
SHANKSVILLE, PA- SEPTEMBER 10: Visitors walk along the wall of names of passengers who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex September 10, 2014 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Ceremonies are scheduled for tomorrow. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
SHANKSVILLE, PA- SEPTEMBER 10: Visitors walk along the wall of names of passengers who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex September 10, 2014 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Ceremonies are scheduled for tomorrow. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
SHANKSVILLE, PA- SEPTEMBER 10: Logan Hurwitt, 11, of Bergen County, New Jersey, touches the name of his uncle, Jeremy Logan Glick, who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex September 10, 2014 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Logan will read his uncle's name as part of ceremonies tomorrow. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
SHANKSVILLE, PA- SEPTEMBER 10: Visitors walk along the wall of names of passengers who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex September 10, 2014 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Ceremonies are scheduled for tomorrow. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Kevin E. Newlin, left, and Jeff Reinbold of the National Park Service lead a media tour of the Flight 93 Visitors Center Complex construction site at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
This is a portion of the construction site at the Flight 93 Visitors Center Complex at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
SHANKSVILLE, PA- SEPTEMBER 10: The walls of the visitors center of the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex is shown during a media tour of the complex September 10, 2014, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The complex includes a visitor center, Flight Path Walkway and learning center. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Keith E. Newlin of the National Park Service rings one of the bells of remembrance during a Service of Remembrance at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, as the nation marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Sam Pulia, mayor of Westchester, Ill., and a former police officer of the same town, mourns over the name of his cousin, New York firefighter Thomas Anthony Casoria, who was killed in the South Tower in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, prior to the the memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton, Pool)
Yachiyo Kuge, the mother of Toshiya Kuge who was a passenger on Flight 93, places origami birds near his name, at the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Among the items whose status is unclear is a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who led the chamber on the day of the attacks, donated it during an anniversary ceremony last month.

The memorial, in Shanksville, marks the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed during the Sept. 11 attacks. The plane, which was traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, went down in a reclaimed strip mine after passengers fought back against its hijackers. All 33 passengers and seven crew members were killed along with the hijackers.

A memorial plaza was completed in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks in 2011. It features a white stone wall, which traces the path of the doomed flight, with separate panels for each victim. There are plans for a 93-foot-tall tower with 40 wind chimes.

Officials have said they hope construction of the visitors center, which is estimated to cost $17 million to $23 million, will be finished by June. That would give park officials three months to install exhibits in time to open for the 14th anniversary of the crash.

The president of the Families of Flight 93, Gordon Felt, issued a statement expressing sadness about the fire and saying the group awaited further information on the cause.

All told, the park is expected to cost about $60 million. The government spent another $10 million for the land, which is about 75 miles east of Pittsburgh.

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