Mary Alice Reporting –

An early morning fire has destroyed a large portion of a Sugarcreek tourist destination.

On Wednesday, just before 4am, Sugarcreek Fire and Rescue responded to the call to State Route 39 at Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market.

Upon arrival, Chief Kevin Miller explains flames were visible through the roof.

“The center of the building is completely gone. It was containment from the firewalls on either side and we’re making sure there’s no extension beyond the firewall.”

Roughly 20 fire departments from several counties responded to the four alarm due to the buildings location and no nearby fire hydrants.

“We utilized everybody. I can’t say how many hundreds of gallons of water. I’d estimate it at 200,000. There’s a big pond at ProVia and we dropped that 20 inches. I counted 15 tankers at one point and they were all full of water.”

A cause is unknown and the State Fire Marshall’s Office will conduct an investigation. Miller points out that they are keeping in mind the lightning storm that passed through the area Tuesday night.

Crews will remain on scene for several more hours conducting overhaul and to ensure no hotspot rekindles.

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