Firefighters battle blaze at Old Stagecoach Inn, considered total loss

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For the second day in a row, a landmark bar and restaurant was destroyed.

Firefighters responded to the Old Stagecoach Inn on Main Street in North Georgetown around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday. The Columbiana County restaurant closed at 8:30 p.m.

There was heavy traffic in the area on Friday as people stopped by.

Some snapped pictures.

“At least we get to see the outside, what’s left. Take a few pictures and have a lot of memories,” Kathy Pfaff said.

Others came to reminisce the past.

“The grandparents spent a lot of time here before they moved up to the farm,” said Tom Althouse, of Salem.

This piece of North Georgetown history, which firefighters say is a total loss, now gone.

“It’s very well-known. Everybody would come here to get fish on Fridays, ice cream. It’s just a tragic loss,” Kathy Pfaff said.

The Old Stagecoach Inn was once a popular stop for stagecoaches en route from Pittsburgh to Massilon.

The inn was built in 1822 by Samuel Long Sturgeon and was on the National Registry of Historic Sites. It was also used as part of the Underground Railroad.

“It means a lot to the community,” Chief Ed Reichenbach said. “There’s a lot of people come to lunch and stuff here, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. It’s going to be missed. It’s really going to be missed.”

Firefighters worked well into the night and early morning to try to control the fire.

“There was just billows of black smoke coming out everywhere. It was really terrifying,” Pfaff said.

Reichenbach said it rekindled later because of the renovations to the building.

“The structure being so old and it had been added onto several times, so when you get something like that that’s been added onto several times, different walls and different floors, it made it very difficult to put out. That’s why it took us so long,” he said.

At this point, firefighters think the fire could have originated inside of the kitchen area, but that is not confirmed. Investigators say the cause is still undetermined.

The restaurant’s owner said they’re waiting to hear from the insurance company before deciding on whether or not to rebuild.

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