Nelsonville Fire 4/11/15

Nelsonville Fire 4/11/15

Late Saturday night while I was preparing to head to the bathroom to brush my teeth before bed, my friend Kaitlin Owens rushes into my room yelling that historic buildings in Nelsonville, Ohio, were on fire. I put my toothbrush back and pick up my camera instead and head to Nelsonville,

about 20 minutes north of Athens, to shoot some pictures. Three historic buildings were damaged, two of which were completely gutted. Fortunately the historic Stuarts Opera House did not sustain much damage.

Firefighters battle a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The blaze inside the Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College's Ecotourism and Adventure Travel started around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. (Calvin Mattheis | For The Post)

Firefighters battle a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The blaze inside the Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel started around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. 

Firefighters check a neighboring home for residents while others battle a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College's Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. (Calvin Mattheis | For The Post)

Firefighters check a neighboring home for residents while others battle a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. 

Firefighters spray water through window of a building on to the fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College's Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. (Calvin Mattheis | For The Post)

Firefighters spray water through window of a building on to the fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. 

Firefighters battle a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College's Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. (Calvin Mattheis | For The Post)

Firefighters battle a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. 

People watch as firefighters battle a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College's Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. (Calvin Mattheis | For The Post)

People watch as firefighters battle a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. 

A firefighter removes his gear while battling a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College's Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. (Calvin Mattheis | For The Post)

A firefighter removes his gear while battling a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. 

A fire hydrant sprays water while firefighters battle a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College's Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. (Calvin Mattheis | For The Post)

A fire hydrant sprays water while firefighters battle a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. 

Firefighters take a break while battling a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College's Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. (Calvin Mattheis | For The Post)

Firefighters take a break while battling a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. 

A firefighters climbs down a ladder while battling a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College's Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. (Calvin Mattheis | For The Post)

A firefighters climbs down a ladder while battling a fire in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. 

American Electric Power workers survey the damaged area where the fire purportedly began due to faulty wiring in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College's Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. (Calvin Mattheis | For The Post)

American Electric Power workers survey the damaged area where the fire purportedly began due to faulty wiring in the Nelsonville Historic District in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Hocking Art Gallery and Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel buildings were hit by the blaze. The fire began around 10pm and was extinguished by three fire departments around 3am Sunday morning. 

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