VERSAILLES, Ohio (WDTN) – A four-alarm fire at The Inn at Versailles in Darke County prompted a response from several surrounding fire departments Tuesday evening.
Our partners at The Daily Advocate report that the fire began around 6:30 pm and two hours later, crews from 14 area departments responded.
Versailles Fire Chief Brian Pearson says staff from the Inn called to report a fire and smoke in the kitchen of the business. Pearson says he saw the smoke two blocks away, and made a call for a two-alarm response to the fire.
Once crews were on scene, a third alarm was added. Pearson called for a fourth alarm, in order to get more manpower on the scene.
According to Pearson. the age of the building, along with construction and previous renovations allowed the fire to spread throughout the building.
When the fire began, there were six guests and 13 employees inside the building, located at 21 West Main Street. All the guests have been relocated and no injuries were reported.
Pearson says he’s worked with departments from surrounding communities to develop a plan, in case of a fire in the downtown. He says that plan worked well Tuesday night, as crews were able to contain the fire.
In all, close to 95 firefighters were on site either fighting the fire or assisting other agencies. Pearson says crews from Osgood, Russia, Ansonia, Gettysburg, Greenville City, Burkettsville, Covington, Bradford, Liberty Township, New Madison, Arcanum, Rossburg and Minster assisted Versailles Fire at the scene.
According to Pearson, some firefighters were checked at the scene for heat-related injuries, but none were taken to area hospitals.
The fire forced crews to evacuate four nearby apartments. The people living in the apartments would not be able to return to their homes until power was restored to the building.
Pearson says surrounding businesses reported smelling smoke in their buildings, but no other businesses were damaged.
According to Pearson, the Inn at Versailles suffered both interior and exterior damage. Neither Pearson, nor business owners gave a timetable for the business to reopen.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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