Firefighters battle blaze at Rockport Inn - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Firefighters battle blaze at Rockport Inn

(Source: Darren Ewing, Rockport Street superintendent) (Source: Darren Ewing, Rockport Street superintendent)
(Source: Darren Ewing, Rockport Street superintendent) (Source: Darren Ewing, Rockport Street superintendent)
Several fire departments were called in to help put out the flames. (WFIE) Several fire departments were called in to help put out the flames. (WFIE)
The owner of the inn tells 14 News she believes the fire started in the kitchen and then spread. (WFIE) The owner of the inn tells 14 News she believes the fire started in the kitchen and then spread. (WFIE)
ROCKPORT, IN (WFIE) -

Crews responded to a fire in Spencer County.

Dispatch says the fire broke out Thursday morning before 7 on 3rd and Walnut Street at the Rockport Inn, which we're told by viewers is a local landmark.

Fire officials say they still working to figure out how the fire started, but they say it looks like it started in the basement. We're told part of the first floor collapsed during the fire.

We're told there were two guests in the inn that got out safely thanks to one of the owners and her daughter. 

Stacy Shultey, one of the co-owners of the Inn, lives next door with her daughter. They woke up early in the morning to a sound they thought was heavy rain.

"She said mom it's bad, it's not rain, it's fire. I looked, I screamed to get out," Stacy said. "We had two guests at the Inn, so I ran over here, busted in the window, went upstairs, and got the two guests out."

The Inn has been a staple in Rockport since it opened in the 1850s.

But on Thursday, a fire took out much of the back part of the inn. Seven volunteer fire departments responded.

"This would have went seven kinds of wrong if I didn't have the help that I did today," Ohio Township Fire Chief Scott Chapman said. "I want to congratulate all of the firefighters that were today."

While much of the building could be a loss, Stacey and her family wanted to make sure one momento wasn't: her daughter's first turkey she ever hunted.

"Worried about the guests upstairs and my daughter's turkey," Stacy explained. "I know that sounds silly, but everything else is replaceable. The guests aren't and the turkey wasn't."

And through this is tragic time for the business owners, the community has made sure to comfort them.

"People hugging, prayers, you need anything? It's been great," Stacy said. "This community is always like that when there's tragedy in this community. Not just for me but everyone. that's the best part about living in Rockport, Indiana."

Stacey tells us they plan to rebuild.

While she said it may not include the bed and breakfast part, they at least want to rebuild the bar and restaurant area.

Right now, the cause of the fire is still being investigated. 

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