Rare Covered Bridge Destroyed in Fire

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

VINTON COUTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Blue Ribbon Arson award sign has been posted near the remains of a 139-year-old covered bridge that burned to the ground last week.

Sheriff Deputies in Vinton County, Ohio found the historic Ponn Bridge burned to ground Thursday morning. Right now, they do know when the fire started.

The bridge, also known as the Humpback Bridge, was built in 1874 and was the longest covered bridge in the county. Only a few of these “humpback” style bridges remain in the world today.

The bridge was closed to motor vehicles, but open to pedestrians.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office says the fire was set, but they do not have motive for the fire. As result they are not officially calling the fire arson at this time.

Right now, investigators want to hear from anyone who saw something out of the ordinary at or around the time of the fire, or who may have heard someone speaking about the fire with an unusual level of interest or knowledge.

Anyone with information is asked to call the tip line at 1-800-589-2728.

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