BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A small fire at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art caused smoke damage to the museum's visitor center. Executive Director Kevin O'Brien said the fire started in a cooler in the cafe' area. No artifacts were damage and no one was hurt, however, O'Brien said the museum will be closed a couple of days for cleanup.
Biloxi firefighters responded to the fire call at 7:14 Thursday morning. Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Merrill said the fire was likely caused by a malfunction in the cooler, but the official cause of the fire remains under investigation.
O'Brien will not have an estimate on the cost of the damage until the museum's insurance adjusters inspects the damage.
Friday, 200 people were expected at a luncheon with baseball great Dale Murphy. O'Brien said the event will be moved to the Saenger Theatre in Biloxi.