ST. LOUISVILLE — A barn converted into a bar and grill at the south edge of St. Louisville was destroyed by fire Sunday morning.
Known as The Loft, the two-story barn had a living quarters on the second floor, where the fire is believed to have originated.
Newton Township Fire Chief Jim Glover said his department received the call just before 10 a.m. When they arrived at the structure, along Ohio 13, the living quarters was engulfed in fire. Glover called for mutual aid from 10 departments including Newark, Utica, Madison, Monroe, Hartford, Bladensburg, Mary Ann, Homer, Granville and Newark Township. A total of 15 pieces of fire equipment and 63 firefighters were used to battle the blaze.
Ohio 13 was closed in both directions for several hours.
With temperatures in low 20s, firefighters were forced to contend with frozen fittings, resulting in the use of portable water tanks to supply water that was replenished by tanker trucks.
Firefighters remained on the scene for several hours to be sure the fire did not rekindle.
Damages are estimated between $225,000 and $250,000.
The building is owned by Skip and Jackie Laughman. The Loft had been open since 2010.
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