Hotel Damage Minimal After Fire

(Shelbyville Times Gazette) Quick work by Wartrace and Bedford County firefighters may have averted major damage to the historic Walking Horse Hotel in downtown Wartrace on Monday night,

“We had the fire out in five to seven minutes,” Wartrace fire chief Robert Dye said.

A small fire broke out in a second floor room, Dye said, with damage from the blaze itself confined to that area.

“But a water line broke, causing damage to the first floor,” Dye said.

The fire’s origin remains undetermined pending further investigation.

The hotel, currently for sale, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Firefighters from Bell Buckle, Flat Creek and the Bedford County Fire Department main headquarters backed Wartrace, Dye said.

Firefighters initially arriving said much smoke was pouring from the room.

Personnel checked the hotel thoroughly using heat-detecting infrared cameras to ensure no fire had spread beyond the room.

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