Historical Jackson Landmark Destroyed By Fire

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

A historical landmark is in ruins, destroyed by a fire that burned all night. Investigators still aren't sure what started the blaze.

Firefighters worked throughout the night to control a major fire in downtown Jackson. It happened at the Old Stacey Hotel, which is a historic landmark. Today firefighters were able to control the blaze, and now investigators are suspecting arson.

Smoke filled the sky Sunday night in Downtown Jackson as firefighters fought to save a landmark and at times, their lives. Monday morning the flames were gone, but with them went a piece of history.

"It's just really sad to see a landmark go like this. I hope it can be salvaged," said Mike Bryant.

Fire officials are not optimistic about the future of this historic building known as the Stacey Hotel.

Fire crews were called to the scene just before 10:30 Sunday night and witnesses say they saw a man standing outside the building before just before it went up in flames.

"I seen him walk across the road and he was walking pretty fast and I just didn't think nothing of it until we see the police cars and stuff afterwards," said Witness Dawn Rosenbaum.

Fire officials say electricity was recently cut off from the building, ruling that out as a cause and though a cause has yet to be determined, fire investigators are leaning heavily towards arson.

"If we do find out who done this, they won't be able to crawl into a hiding space for very long, cause we're gonna get them," said Jackson Fire Chief Roger Friley.

The Stacey Hotel, listed on the national registry of historic landmarks, used to be one of only two four star hotels in Jackson. The building was abandoned at the time of the fire.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital by ambulance, although the Jackson fire chief says his injuries were due to a pre-existing condition. He was released after about an hour. No other injuries were reported.

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