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Fire hits building at Mass. living history museum

Fire destroys building at Mass. living history museum that portrays life for Pilgrims, natives By The Associated Press

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) ' A straw roof that caught on fire during a cooking demonstration at the Plimoth Plantation living history museum in Massachusetts has destroyed a building named for a Pilgrim.

No one was hurt during the Saturday morning blaze at the Cooke House, a Colonial-style building in Plymouth.

The Plimoth Plantation portrays what 17th-century life was like for America's early European settlers, the Pilgrims, and the native population.

Executive Director Ellie Donovan says the plantation will raise money to rebuild the Cooke House. It was named for Francis Cooke, who arrived in America in 1620 on the Mayflower.

The plantation was closed for about an hour after the blaze.

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