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Fire destroys Robert E. Lee riverboat

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A St. Louis firefighter waits for water as the Robert E. Lee is engulfed in flames at a north St. Louis dock. (photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
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By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis – The Robert E. Lee riverboat was destroyed in a fire yesterday.

The replica vessel was built in 1969 and had once been a popular St. Louis riverfront restaurant.

It was docked at a repair yard in north St. Louis when the fire broke out. The cause is under investigation.

An investor bought the boat in 2008 and had planned to make it a riverside attraction in St. Charles.

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