The historic McConnell Hotel in downtown Kellogg, Idaho, burned to the ground Tuesday afternoon and its embers touched off another large fire.
The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office confirmed for the Spokesman-Review the fire began at 3:20 p.m. and quickly spread throughout the old.
The fire ripped through the structure, burning through every floor. The roof caved in, one outer wall collapsed completely and another wall is bulging, Kjell Truesdell, spokesman for Shoshone County Fire District 2 explained for the Spokesman-Review.
As if the single tragedy was not enough, the hotel’s embers sparked another blaze.
“Embers from the hotel fire, caught by the wind, triggered an additional fire about a block and a half away at Patrick’s Inn and Steakhouse,” Truesdell tells the Spokesman-Review. The building, which sat vacant, had a wood shingle roof, he said.
The Spokesman-Review reports that with buildings being so close together in the area, agencies across the Silver Valley and Kootenai County, converged on the area to put the fires out as well as wet down the buildings adjacent to the McConnell to prevent the fire from spreading further.
According to the Spokesman-Review, while the McConnell Hotel is reported to be a total loss, there’s no word yet on the damage done to other structures that were burned.
Kellogg resident Jill Berber tells the Spokesman-Review she believes the hotel closed in the ‘80s.
“It was one of the nicest hotels between here and Seattle,” she said. “A lot of history there.”
After its closure, a coffee shop opened in the hotel’s lobby in 2006, and developers had plans to invest $30 million on a makeover, which would have included 66 condo suites in the hotel along with an adjoining structure behind the building, according to the Spokesman-Review.
According to the Spokesman-Review, an investigation into the fire is underway.
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