A massive fire engulfed and destroyed the historic Benson Warehouse in Pawhuska during the early Wednesday evening hours.

The warehous, located at 120 East 5th (across from Allen Bros. Feed Store), is considered a total loss from the blaze which began around 6 p.m.

The fire originated on the east end and quickly spread throughout the 93-year old structure. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. The east end of the building was being used to store hay and there was an electrical line running adjacent to the building. That, coupled with yesterday’s excessive heat, could be contributing factors.

Assisting the Pawhuska Fire Department were units from Barnsdall and Pershing.

The property, owned by Hank and Patty Benson, was built by Nash Finch Company in the 1920s as a food distribution warehouse. Hank Benson’s grandfather, Harry Garfield Benson, purchased the building in 1938 and renamed it the Osage Building Material Warehouse.