|By Patrick Ochs, The Sun Herald|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
As of Thursday morning, he said it was too soon to decide what the next step will be for management.
"I know there will be a lot of people with reservations who are disappointed," he said. "They'll understand when they see the place, hopefully. Right now, we'd have to start from scratch and start all over."
Sullivan was asked if Timmons was lucky her home, which is directly next door, didn't catch on fire. He said it was the hard work of the firefighters, not luck, that saved her home. He commended the different departments for working seamlessly to limit what could have been a much worse blaze.
Sullivan said they received a call about
By the time units arrived, Sullivan said, heavy smoke was showing from the roof and fire broke through shortly after.
He said the fire progressed throughout the roof and destroyed the restaurant that was first built in 1851. It has served as a general store, a trading hub, a grocery store and several restaurants.
Sullivan said firefighters gained control of the fire about
While firefighters were able to keep the blaze from jumping to the owner's home next door, Sullivan called the restaurant a "total loss."
"With the owner living next door, one of the reasons we were fighting it aggressively is to keep the flames confined (to the restaurant)," he said.
The restaurant had been open during the day, but Sullivan said no one was present when the fire started.
Fourteen trucks and 25 firefighters from
Sullivan said authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fire.
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