Historic hotel building burns to the ground in Ortonville

4:16 PM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
  • Photo by Mike Swenson, Ortonville Independent
  • Photo by Mike Swenson, Ortonville Independent
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ORTONVILLE, Minn. - A historic building in the western Minnesota community of Ortonville is now history itself, after burning to the ground early Friday.

First responders were called to the old Columbian Hotel building at the intersection of Northwest 2nd Street and Jefferson Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. on reports that flames were leaping from a basement window.

When they arrived firefighters found the building completely engulfed by flames. By the time the fire was put down around 6:30 a.m. there was nothing left of the structure.

The Columbian Hotel was built in 1892 by Rochester's Kahler family. The property had fallen into disrepair but the current owner told Bluestem Prairie New Media that everything was in place for a  major renovation.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

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