Fire heavily damages historic tavern in Monkton

August 30, 2002|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

A three-alarm fire last night heavily damaged the historic Manor Tavern, a popular northern Baltimore County restaurant and bar.

Firefighters were called to the tavern, in the 15000 block of Old York Road in Monkton, shortly after 10 p.m. by a person reporting an electrical fire. It was not immediately known where in the three-story structure the fire originated. By the time firefighters arrived, the second and third floors were ablaze.

"It was pretty intense," said nearby resident Sarah Scott, who watched the fire with her husband from a parking lot about 70 feet away. "You could feel the heat coming off of it."

Firefighters pumped water from tanker trucks to get the blaze under control, but by midnight the third floor was still smoldering, said county fire spokesman John Parham.

The original building of the 400-seat restaurant dates to the 1700s, having been used as a stable, blacksmith shop, private house, general store and saloon. Between 1773 and 1781, George Washington's horse is said to have slept there while the future first president turned in at the neighboring Slades Tavern.

The cause of the fire was being investigated early today.

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