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Mentone Springs Hotel destroyed, but memories live on

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DEKALB COUNTY, AL - Around 7:30 Saturday night, a fire broke out at the Mentone Springs Hotel. The hotel and attached White Elephant Antique Shop were gutted by the blaze.

The Mentone Springs Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Alabama. Built in 1884, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places and listed in the New York Times Best-Seller, 1,000 Places to Visit before you Die.

For decades, the hotel has been a staple in Northeast Alabama. But now, the 130-year-old hotel is no more.  Mentone Resident, L.C. Moon, watched the hotel go up in flames Saturday night.

"As you're watching it burn all you can see and feel is that part of the spirit of Mentone is going up in flames," Moon said.

Sunday, people came from around the region to view the damage. Mary Hatter drove from Reece City. She says she used to visit the hotel as a child.

"I have enjoyed coming up here since I was a child. We used to tour the hotel and we would go through the antique shop and it was a landmark to us. We always knew we were in Mentone when we saw the old hotel," Hatter shared.

One of those mourning the loss Sunday was Sandra Paegett, the former owner of the Mentone Springs Hotel.

"I do have a broken heart seeing the grand old lady in smoke."

Everyone inside the hotel at the time of the fire was able to get out safely. Right now, the cause is still under investigation.

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