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Towne Pump Tavern destroyed by fire

Staff Report Published: August 4, 2017 10:00 AM
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One of East Sparta's oldest buildings, a village staple, was destroyed by fire July 28.

Firefighters with the East Sparta Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the Towne Pump Tavern, 2080 Walnut St. SE, just after 1 a.m. to find the two-story building built in 1909 engulfed in flames.

East Sparta Fire Chief Arnold Adams said while firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze quickly, crews stayed on scene until around 7:30 a.m. to monitor any potential hot spots. Bolivar and Mohawk Valley fire departments also responded to help.

Adams said the state fire marshal continues to investigate what caused the fire. No one was inside the tavern, nor in the upstairs apartment.

"When we got the call, I literally was less than two minutes from it and when I walked out to my car, it was a glow in the sky," Adams said. "When I drove past it to get to the station, the second story was already fully involved and falling in."

Adams said the tavern's kitchen remains standing, eliminating it as the potential source. The building had been valued at $26,500, according to the county auditor's office.

No one was injured in the blaze, Adams said.


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