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Century-old "Stumblin' Inn" destroyed during fire in Elba

The Elba Fire Department responded to the call around 9 a.m. at the Stumblin' Inn on Main Street.

(PHOTO: Alecia Kaus)

ELBA, N.Y. (WHAM) - A fire destroyed a building in Elba on Sunday morning.

The Elba Fire Department responded to the call around 9 a.m. at the Stumblin' Inn on Main Street.

The initial call was for a fire on the outside of the building.

Once crews arrived the fire was on the northeast side of the building; fire was coming out of the bottom two windows and one of the top floor windows.

Elba Fire Chief Mike Heale says firefighters used newly installed hydrants to put out the fire.

Crews also requested tankers for more water.

The roof of the building caved in.

Witnesses say the owners of the Stumblin' Inn, Stephen and Jim Goff, were able to get out of the building uninjured.

Doug Chappius, owner of Elba Diner, says his diner and the inn used to share customers.

Chappius said a woman ran into his diner looking for a bucket of water to put the fire out.

When one of the diner's dishwashers got to the inn with a bucket of water they said the fire had blown out one of the windows.

Chappius says people used to go to the inn with their four wheelers and snowmobiles.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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