NASHVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - A landmark in Nashville is gone. A fire overnight destroyed theLittle Nashville Opry. For more than 30 years country music fansflocked to Nashville, Indiana to hear stars perform.
Investigators have called for help from the State Fire Marshalto help search for a cause.
The calls poured in Saturday night at Brown County dispatch.
"The opry, the Little Nashville Opry, it's totally on fire," acaller told 911 dispatchers late Saturday night. "I live right downthis road. I just yeah, it's engulfed, the whole place is going upright now."
Dorris and Emily Fleetwood live nearby. Emily ran inside,grabbed her camera and starting shooting video.
"Just flames shooting straight up into the air, I mean bigflames light the parking lot all up," Dorris said.
Firefighters responded and additional departments were broughtin. In all there were 13 agencies and nearly 60 firefightersbattling the blaze.
"When the first crews arrived on the scene, the fire had alreadygone through the roof. It really was open at that point and theback probably third, two thirds of the building had pretty muchburned," Mark Imhoff with the Brown County Volunteer Firedepartment explained.
Along State Road 46 in the area of the Opry there is only onehydrant. This forced firefighters to truck in water through out thenight and into the morning.
Firefighters got the blaze under control in about an hour. By1:35 Sunday morning it was out.
People who took in the show Saturday night, were amazed at thesite, Sunday morning.
"We just couldn't believe it. We just stopped on the side of theroad to see what happened, being here last night, so yeahunfortunate," said Pat Andrews of Illiinois.
Investigators say the building is a total loss.
An investigator from the State Fire Marshal's office said itcould take days to determine what sparked the fire.
24-Hour News 8 tried to speak with the owners of the LittleOpry, but they declined an interview.
The Little Nashville Opry held its first performance in April of1975. According to its website, it has hosted some ofIndiana's top musicians and some of country music's popularperformers.
George Jones and Loretta Lynn were just two of the big namesscheduled this fall.
The building itself was first a saw-mill and then laterturned into an indoor horse arena. Four Brown County couplestransformed it into a concert venue in the early 1970's. Itunderwent a major renovation in 1979.
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