GUILFORD- A piece of history went up in smoke this past weekend.
The historical Trebor Mansion Inn was completely destroyed in an early morning fire on Saturday.
Chief Jeff Libby of the Guilford Fire Department said the building was already collapsing when they arrived on the scene.
“This is a very out of the ordinary type fire, most fires you get there you have some chance of saving some part of the structure. This one was fully involved, had a good head start on us. There was nothing really we could do other than protect the surrounding structures, make sure nothing else caught on fire and make sure nobody got hurt,” Chief Libby said.
According to the inn’s website, the building was constructed built in the 1830s and had been standing ever since.
The vacant building has dealt with fires before, but not of this magnitude.
“The fire was so hot and so large at the time of arrival, that the responding fire departments from dexter could actually see the fire when they crested the hill leaving dexter. The flames were that big, it was that bright, they could be seen that far away,” Chief Libby said.
Fire officials said the fire began around 3 a.m.
And ended after six hours due to the combined efforts of the Guilford fire department and four other local departments.
“It’s great we have the mutual aid system that we have because fires like this require a lot of people and so you pull from the other departments around you. We all work together well, its a good thing for the surrounding area that they do have fire departments that work so well together,” Chief Libby said.
Currently, investigators with the state fire marshal’s office are working to determine the cause of the fire.