BRISTOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire at the Bristol Inn at State Routes 45 and 88.
Crews were called around 10:45 a.m. Saturday and found heavy fire on the first and second floors.
Although the flames were able to be knocked down quickly, smoke continued to seep out of the slate roof. Firefighters had to rip the roof apart to get at the hot spots inside.
Bristol Fire Chief Tom Dempsey said tearing up the roof made the work of the firefighters difficult because the pieces of slate were heavy and kept the heat in.
“We had to use hand tools to try and get in there. It kinda makes the guys spend a lot faster, you know, they got to put a lot more effort into it. It just kinda holds the heat and the smoke inside until we can get that vented,” Dempsey said.
Paige King, who lives in a building next door, said she saw heavy smoke and heard several sirens. She ran outside and took some pictures of the blaze. Heavy smoke filled the backyard of the building next door, she said.
At least 12 departments were on hand to assist. They included Bristol, Farmington, Cortland, Mesopotamia, Middlefield, Southington, Bazetta, Champion, Mecca, Orwell, Johnston and Bloomfield.
Deputies with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Southington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol blocked the intersection so firefighters could work.
There were no injuries. A damage estimate is not available yet, but the building was heavily damaged.
A team from the Trumbull County Fire Investigative Unit was also on the scene.