Addis landmark and bar goes up in flames; owners say 'total loss'

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POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 6:40pm

After a packed house cleared out at the Wild Hog Saloon in Addis around 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night a fire sparked, leaving nothing left to salvage by the time it was put out.

The building is actually very historic; it’s been in Addis for decades. It was first Caldwell Grocery Store, then Twin Thunder Motorcycle Shop, then a café and now a bar. The owner even says he remembers shopping with his mom there over forty years ago. That's why not only did the fire take the building, it took a piece of Addis history along with it.

"It was Caldwell grocery when I came here when I was 6 years old," says Walter Cain, the building owner.

Cain grew up with the building, and now all that's left is rubble, burnt beer cans and a few memories.

"It started back there and moved to the front the fire department kept from moving from place to place," noted Cain.

It was a packed house for the Super Bowl at the Mad Hog Saloon.

"I think about 4:00 last night they were playing and we kind of smelled something,” said Larry Dearman, the owner of Mad Hog Saloon. “We thought an amp had gone out something to that effect and the band shut down."

The band continued to play after everything was checked.

“It was really good. It was kicking well. It was really popular, good place to come,” noted Dearman.

And after being in business for one year, the building which was seeing success as a local bar is gone. When NBC33 asked Dearman for his reaction he said, "no words, I spent a whole year and it’s gone so."

But despite the loss, the owners are glad the fire department did what they could to save the surrounding buildings.

"The Addis Fire Department did a good job, they really contained it, it would have burnt that house down," said Cain.

The owner of the saloon also rents out the house next door and says the renters were not affected by the fire. The fire is still under investigation. Walter and Larry are not sure what their next steps will be, but they say rebuilding might not be feasible.
 

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