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UPDATE: Ohio State Fire Marshals Office Investigating Emmitt House Blaze

By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1/8/14 @ 2:20 p.m.
WAVERLY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire that destroyed a southern Ohio landmark this week.

The historic Emmitt House in Waverly was gutted by a fire Monday night.

The State Fire Marshal's Office tells WSAZ.com that the cause of the fire is currently undetermined and they are interviewing witnesses and employees and checking surveillance video from surrounding areas.

The unofficial damage estimate is more than $1 million.

Tuesday, crews started demolishing the building.

The Emmitt House was built in 1861.

If you have any information, call the State Fire Marshal's Office at 800-589-2728.

The Waverly Fire Department and Police Department, as well as the Pike County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the investigation.

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UPDATE 1/8/14 @ 9 a.m.
WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) - Demolition crews were tearing down a southern Ohio landmark restaurant after it was gutted by fire.

The historic Emmitt House in Waverly has stood in the center of the village since 1861, first as a hotel and most recently as a restaurant.

The three-story brick building went up Monday night in a spectacular blaze as firefighters dealt with frigid temperatures trying to put it out. Heavy equipment was brought in to demolish the building Tuesday.

The building had gone through several owners over recent years and several openings and closings. The current owner had reopened it in September.

It had gained notoriety for supposedly being haunted, and has been featured on national TV shows in recent years.

Waverly is about 60 miles south of Columbus.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/6/14 @ 10:12 p.m.
WAVERLY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Fire destroyed a historic building in Waverly, Ohio Monday night.

The fire was reported just before 8:30 p.m. at the Emmitt House in the 100 block of North Market Street.

A published report says the fire started in the kitchen and that everyone made it out okay.

Police said the fire spread to neighboring buildings as firefighters dealt with temperatures hovering around zero and wind chill readings well below zero.

About 60 firefighters from several area departments fought the fire

The building has gone through several owners over recent years and several openings and closings. The current owner reopened it in September.

In March, the building was featured on an episode of the SyFy Network series "Haunted Collector."

Waverly is located about 30 miles north of Portsmouth in Pike County, Ohio. It is familiar to many motorists who travel U.S. 23 to and from Columbus.

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