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For Historic Nebraska Building, Fire, Then Ice, Then Sunshine

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More than 40 buildings in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to the Omaha World Herald. One of those Main Street Historic District buildings was gutted by fire on Friday.

The Waterman Opera House, first erected in 1882, has changed quite a bit over the past 130 years. Until this week it housed Quart House Pub, the Cass Family Medicine clinic and the Plattsmouth Chiropractic Center and apartments.

After firefighters sprayed water to put out the fire, the building froze over. Then the sunlight streamed through the windows, and this sad, gorgeous postcard of a photo was born:

AP Photo/Nati Harnik

AP Photo/Nati Harnik

Some close-ups of the surrounding areas:

A mailbox and bench are covered with ice near a building which caught on fire in Plattsmouth, Neb., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, and the water sprayed on it by fire fighters froze. Much of the American northeast and the midwest are suffering from sub-freezing temperatures. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

A mailbox and bench are covered with ice near a building which caught on fire in Plattsmouth, Neb., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, and the water sprayed on it by fire fighters froze. Much of the American northeast and the midwest are suffering from sub-freezing temperatures. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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A city bench and other structures are covered in a thick layer of ice after a nearby building caught on fire in Plattsmouth, Neb., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, and the water sprayed on it by fire fighters froze. Much of the American northeast and the midwest are suffering from sub-freezing temperatures. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

A city bench and other structures are covered in a thick layer of ice after a nearby building caught on fire in Plattsmouth, Neb., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, and the water sprayed on it by fire fighters froze. Much of the American northeast and the midwest are suffering from sub-freezing temperatures. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

And a zoomed shot of the frozen building:

via AP Photo/Nati Harnik

via AP Photo/Nati Harnik

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