Well-known New Albany tavern suffers damage from fire - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Well-known New Albany tavern suffers damage from fire

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A popular southern Indiana restaurant was devastated by an overnight fire.

Sam's Food and Spirits, at the corner of Charlestown Road and Rainbow Drive in New Albany, suffered a serious fire overnight, resulting in the collapse of the second floor and the roof.

The New Albany Fire Department says they received a call reporting the fire at approximately 11:30 Monday night.

Owner Sam Anderson says he arrived around the same time as the first truck. When they opened the back door, the kitchen was already engulfed.

"You think you can pull up, grab a fire extinguisher, put it out, and move on, but it was pretty much already on fire when we got here," he said.

Anderson says it took over four hours for firefighters to control the blaze. They were on the scene until about 11 a.m. on Tuesday putting out hot spots.

With nearly everything inside either charred or water damaged, employees worked to salvage what they could from the building.

"We're looking for computers, reservation books, accounting information, anything major that we could use to help us go forward," said employee Hadley Anderson.

Anderson says for a building that dates back to the 1800s and a restaurant that's been around since the 80s, it is a devastating sight but they will get through it.

"I'm as stubborn as the fire was," said Anderson. "It burned as long as it possibly could and we're going to be in business as long as we possibly can."

New Albany fire investigator Joe Squier says the fire probably took so long to put out because it had been remodeled so many times. When buildings are added on to, he says, it often creates vacant spaces that are hard for fire personnel to reach.

Squier says he has recruited fire investigators from other departments in the region to help him in the investigation.

Squier would not comment on where the fire may have originated.

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