CAPE GIRARDEAU — Fire caused significant damage to an old and historic mansion in Cape Girardeau.
The blaze occurred around 7 p.m. Monday at the A.R. Ponder House. Fire departments from several neighboring towns were called to assist. The home's interior sustained a large amount of damage from fire, smoke and water.
The three-story brick home was built in 1905 by railroad executive Abraham Russell Ponder. The building is owned by Jay Purcell, a county commissioner who was running it as a bed-and-breakfast.
The cause of the fire has not been determined. Fire officials said it appeared to have started in the basement.