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Fire badly damages interior of Avilton Inn

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

times news — AVILTON — A fire badly damaged the Avilton Inn early Friday, gutting an apartment and burning the kitchen and bar area of the restaurant at 8467 Avilton Lonaconing Road.

“The dining room got water damage,” said Sid Turner, a caretaker of the property for owner Jim Robeson.

“I just met with him this morning and he’s planning to fix it and reopen,” Turner said Monday.

“The fire started about 1 a.m. right after they closed. It started in either an electric or coal furnace.”

An attempt Monday afternoon to contact Grantsville Fire Chief Duane Stein was not successful.

Other companies responding were Eastern Garrett, Bittinger, Shaft, Clarysville, Deep Creek and Salisbury, Pa.

In addition, the Northern Garrett Rescue Squad was on the scene as was the Garrett County Roads Department.

Ryan Chapman, Maryland deputy state fire marshal, said he spoke the day of the fire with Grantsville Deputy Chief Herman Yoder and was told that the fire appeared to be accidental, beginning in the basement and spreading from there.

“We felt no need to get involved at that point,” Chapman said.

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