ST. WENDEL, IN (WFIE) - It took fire departments about two hours to get the two-alarm fire under control at the Dutch Korner Tavern on St. Wendel Road.
The fire broke out just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Due to the building's age, six fire departments from around the area responded.
Residents say they've lost more than just the historic building, they've lost a vital part of their community. The tavern is a building that has a rich history. Most recently it was a restaurant and bar, but had been a popular stop for stage coaches, a hotel, and even a grocery store.
14 News spoke with the tavern's owner, Keith Schile, on Saturday morning. He says the tavern is a total loss.
Vectren was called in to turn off power and gas to many of surrounding houses. Captain Cindy Gries with the German Township Fire Department says they took a few other precautionary measures.
"Right next door was pretty close to part of the building, so they were spraying water on the house to protect the exposure of the building. The power was cut to the building to make sure nothing happened there."
The fire departments weren't able to leave the scene until mid-afternoon on Saturday. They say the fire started in the front of the building.
Vectren crews also worked late into the night on Saturday, fixing several power lines.
There were no reports of any injuries.
The Fire Marshal is expected to investigate within the next few days. We'll keep you updated.
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