A major piece of history in Groton, Massachusetts went up in flames early this morning. A fire at The Old Groton Inn Tavern & Grill caused as much as $2 million in damage, and none of the building will be salvageable, officials said.
The building’s 350-year-old timbers were so dry that saving it would have been almost impossible, Groton Deputy Fire Chief Clarence Jefferson said.
The large building in the center of town always played a major role in the town's history. The original structure was built in the 1660s although the present building was completed in 1770. For many years, the Groton Inn was a stagecoach stop. Meetings were held there and many local couples were married in the Groton Inn or held their wedding receptions there. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
You can see the fire in a YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV-HpCsOrmQ&feature=player_embedded or click on the image below.
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