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Published October 03, 2010, 08:05 PM

State Fire Marshal Recommends Demolishing 110-Year-Old Hatton Building After Fire

A weekend fire has destroyed a long-time fixture of Main Street in Hatton.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

A weekend fire has destroyed a long-time fixture of Main Street in Hatton.

Dozens of firefighters responded to flames at the Country Squire Inn early Saturday.

" It is One of the oldest buildings in town," said Dave Anderson with the Hatton Fire Department.

It had been a dental office, grocery store, hotel and most recently, café. Now, broken-out windows, black spots and flying pieces of ash say otherwise.

"About 2:40 in the morning we first showed up and saw fire showing from that second floor. Mayville, Portland, Finley, Buxton, Northwood all showed up and started throwing a lot of water on this building," said Anderson, who was on the scene the morning of the fire.

About 60 firefighters worked through the morning to put the flames out.

No one was hurt.

The building, owned by the city of Hatton, has not had electricity or people for quite some time.

" Ten, twelve years ago. It's been vacant that long," said Anderson.

After a few businesses, and more than a few years, The Country Squire Inn has a lot of history. Now the fire department says, it now has safety issues.

" You can see some fire lines where the building is starting to separate a bit," said Dennis Heskin, Assistant Fire Chief.

The State Fire Marshal recommends tearing down the nearly 110-year-old building.

" It's been structurally damaged so there is fear of the brick coming loose and falling down on Main Street," said Heskin.

" I used to work there as a waitress. All the memories behind it. It's definitely going to affect Main Street," Shirley Monson said. Monson owns Timeless Memories, a floral shop, just across the street.

Monson said she will be sad to see the building go, should the city tear it down. Her business and others next to the Inn did not suffer any damage from the fire.

" With all our resources we managed to contain the fire. It didn't spread to the rest of the buildings here," said Anderson.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.