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A bed and breakfast that was housed in a historic building burned to the ground Sunday night.
According to Valley Head Fire Chief Dustin Burt, Weathers Place Bed and Breakfast was destroyed by a fire that started around 8:20 p.m. on Sunday.
Valley Head Volunteer Fire Chief Dustin Burt said no one was at the Weathers Place B&B when they responded to the fire Sunday night. (Courtesy: Valley Head Volunteer Fire Chief Dustin Burt)
When crews arrived, the building, which was erected in the 1850s, was on its way to being fully involved. Chief Burt said no one was at the home.
"Unreal. It didn't seem real, but devastating to know that it really was happening," said Rhonda Weathers, owner of The Weathers Place Bed and Breakfast.
The Weathers family started working on the property in 2015. In that time, they converted it from family home to a bed and breakfast. Her daughter got married here in 2017.
"A whole lot of love. Its a special place," said Weathers.
Weathers said she's not sure what they're going to do next.
"You never expect anything like this to happen. Its been here for so many years you expect it always to be here," said Weathers.
About 30 firefighters from Valley Head, Hammondville, Mentone and Henagar volunteer fire departments worked to fight the fire for hours. They were hitting hot spots with one truck by midnight.
Chief Burt said he had not observed activity at the home for several weeks. He said the home was a residence for most of the existence of the building, but was converted to a bed and breakfast within the past five years or so.
He said his department has a fire investigator on their roster. They will both return to Weathers later Monday morning once the building has cooled off and there is more light.
Chief Burt said it may be difficult to determine the cause of the fire because of the age of the building.