- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

GALLATIN, Mo. (AP) - A fire destroyed three businesses in a small northwest Missouri town.

The fire was reported about Wednesday afternoon in Gallatin. It destroyed an insurance agency, a beauty salon and a flower shop.

Fire officials say no injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

KMBC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1fL3afb ) many people in the town of about 1,800 people were saddened by the fire.

Resident Dorothy Kingsley says residents struggle to keep the small town alive and losing the damaged businesses will hurt.



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Information from: KMBC-TV, https://www.kmbc.com

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