Fire roars through Elba's Stumblin' Inn

Fire roars through Elba's Stumblin' Inn
Fire roars through Elba's Stumblin' Inn
Posted at 2:43 PM, Jul 08, 2018

A fire roared through one of the oldest buildings in the Town of Elba Sunday morning.

“My dishwasher brought a bucket of water over there. I guess it was right on the floor - little fire on the floor. By the time he got there it blew the windows out, and he backed off and came back home," Doug Chappius, owner of a diner across the street of the fire, said.

According to the Elba Fire Department, a call came in around 9 a.m. for a fire outside of the Stumblin' Inn at 1 S. Main Street, when firefighters arrived minutes later the fire had spread inside of the building.

Fire companies from three different counties assisted EFD, a combination of hydrants and tankers were used to get the fire under control.

No one was hurt, but the building is considered a total loss. Now, investigators need to determine what started it all.

What will be done with this historic building though is unknown, but it won’t be forgotten by those who visited.

“I can remember as a kid as soon as I turned drinking age I came here," Chappius Said. “It was a good time. Wed always come here with the snowmobiles and the four wheelers. Everyone use to come here.”

And now it will forever be a memory.

“Im just sorry to see it go. Its a marking stone forever,” Don Gaveneda of Elba, said.

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