BUCKHANNON — The Deer Park Inn and Rustic Tavern, located at 236 Haynes Drive, caught fire on Thursday, September 15. Local fire departments were dispatched to the scene at approximately 6:17 p.m. Additional fire departments from surrounding counties also responded.
Buckhannon Fire Department Chief J.B. Kimble confirmed that the Buckhannon Fire Department is leading the investigation and has consulted the West Virginia State Fire Marshal. Chief Kimble said, “It is not suspicious.” The Buckhannon Fire Department, Ellamore Volunteer Fire Department, Adrian Volunteer Fire Department and Washington District Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene as well. The Elkins Fire Department and Weston Fire Department were also on scene to assist.
Chief Kimble shared that the Upshur County EMS also responded but reported that there were no injuries. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. At this time the extent of damage has not been declared. Chief Kimble noted that the Fire Marshal’s office will complete their investigation and work with the location’s insurance company to determine the level of damage.
Fire departments were on scene for an estimated three hours. Chief Kimble noted that the fire was under control in approximately one hour and that crews remained on scene for an additional two hours to ensure fire was fully extinguished and for clean-up purposes.