The remains of The Pear Tree Restaurant and Black Diamond Museum came down around 6 p.m. Thursday as crews sifted through smoldering brick and rubble.
Flames from the fire could be seen for miles in the wee morning hours on Thursday. The initial report came in at around 12:30 a.m. Click here to read the original story with contributions from KTVO reporter John Garlock.
You could still see smoke rising from the ashes as late as 2 p.m. and more than 12 hours later fire crews were still on the scene.
According to KTVO reporter Monisha Bruner, Bevier Mayor Bill Cosby said the important thing is no one was injured.
â??Weâ??re glad nobody got hurt,â?? Cosby told Bruner. â??The Bevier Fire Department, the Macon Rural Fire Department and the Callao Fire Department (did) a tremendous job last night.â?? Cosby said both historical buildings meant a great deal to the community.
â??The Pear Tree has basically been an anchor business in Bevier for many years,â?? Cosby said. â??I know itâ??s been well over 20 years itâ??s been in the community. Thereâ??s a lot of tourism because of it. The historical Black Diamond Society had a lot of historical items that was deep in the roots of Bevier â?| just a lot of irreplaceable items are now gone.â??
KTVO spoke with Bevier Fire Chief David Coleman who said the fire is still under investigation, but because of the extent of the damage, the cause of the fire will likely go on the books as undetermined.
Cosby said the community will come together to help. â??Anything that the community can do to help Al and Mike Abbadess weâ??re more than willing to do whatever we can do," he told Bruner.
He also said the people of Bevier and surrounding communities worked at the Pear Tree, and the jobs will be sadly missed.
Cosby praised the firefighters for all their hard work. â??They fought it for all they could fight,â?? Cosby said. â??They were basically up against a Goliath. The main thing is no one was hurt or killed and hopefully we can move forward and rebuild.â??
KTVO's Monisha Bruner contributed to this report.