UPDATE 1:15 p.m. (10/13/21): Thanks to the teamwork displayed by Wythe County first responders, Wytheville fire officials say the vast majority of a historic town staple — Log House 1776 Restaurant — was not damaged by Tuesday evening’s structure fire.
According to the Wytheville Fire and Rescue Department, units were dispatched to the structure fire around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and then requested assistance from the Max Meadows and Rural Retreat volunteer fire departments.
When crews arrived at the scene, the department says they found fire on the first floor and attic space with flames coming from the roof. Personnel began to search the first floor of the restaurant since it was the area of origin. However, due to structural integrity issues on the roof and an impending partial collapse, all interior units were pulled out of the structure and had to switch to fighting the fire from the outside.
Fire officials say an aerial unit was brought in and the bulk of the attic fire was extinguished. Afterward, with the fire under control, multiple crews went back inside to handle hots spots and areas that were not accessible via the aerial unit.
Thanks to the work of Wythe County first responders, the department says that approximately 85 percent of the Log House Restaurant building and its contents were saved, with the bulk of the damage limited to the attic.
However, according to fire officials, the owners, insurance companies, etc. are the ones who determine whether to remodel or tear down structures after such incidents.
The Log House 1776 posted on Facebook on Wednesday, Oct. 13 that the restaurant is closed for the time being, but it is unknown whether the restaurant will be rebuilt in the future.
UPDATE 8:11 a.m. (10/13/21): The owners of a historic Wytheville restaurant, the Log House 1776, released a statement regarding a fire that sparked at the restaurant on Tuesday evening.
According to a Facebook post from the Log House on Wednesday, Oct. 13, it is unknown whether the restaurant will be rebuilt and reopened in the future.
You can read the full statement from the restaurant below:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of The Log House due to a fire that occurred Tuesday evening. We want to thank The Wytheville fire department, Max Meadows Fire Department and all other surrounding area fire departments for saving what they could. The future is uncertain at this time as to weather we will rebuild and reopen. So until then from the bottom of our hearts we want to Thank all of you, our staff (who have become a part of our family), our customers and our community for your support, memories, and friendship for 45 years. We couldn’t have done it without you! It has been a pleasure to serve you!!!1776 Log House Restaurant’s Facebook post from Oct. 13, 2021
UPDATE 11:18 p.m.: According to Wytheville Fire Chief Marc Brade, Log House Restaurant is damaged after Tuesday evening’s fire, which started on the first floor of the restaurant, spread to the second, and came out the roof.
The Rural Retreat Volunteer Fire Department says their crews were dispatched shortly after 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12 to help crews from Wytheville and Max Meadows units with the structure fire. First responders then cleared the scene by 11 p.m.
Everyone made it out of the restaurant safely, with no reports of injuries, according to Brade.
The cause of the fire is reportedly under investigation.
WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Fire crews are working to contain a blaze at a historic restaurant in Wytheville Tuesday evening.
According to a post on the Wytheville Police Department Facebook page, the structure fire is at the Log House 1776 Restaurant off Main Street.
Police have closed down Main Street and side streets while crews work to get this under control, so all traffic is being diverted.
WFXR News has a crew heading to Wytheville to learn more.
According to Virginia.org, the Log House was built back in 1776 as a log cabin that was later transformed into a popular dining experience. Those who visit the Log House Restaurant can experience Christopher’s Lounge and a gift shop.
This is a developing story.
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