Landmark burns unnoticed

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A historical landmark in Beaver Creek State Park burned to the ground overnight.

The fire that consumed the historic Williams Home went unnoticed by anyone and wasn’t reported until Wednesday morning.

Newlyweds Scherry and Scott DeSarro are shocked at the news of the fire. They were at the park just last week and were married on the front porch of the building.

“This was one of the first places we came on our date. We were always drawn to the front porch of the house here,” said Scherry DeSarro.

“Yeah, that was our thing, the front porch. I said I’ll meet you at the front porch, you know,” said Scott DeSarro. “A lot of memories here probably for a lot of people other than just us. It’s just a terrible, terrible thing.”

The DeSarro’s were hoping to visit the porch each year on their anniversary but will now have to settle with the memory.

“We’ll have a nice picture blown up and put it in a frame in our house, and we’ll have that memory of that day,” said Scott DeSarro. “It’s just a misfortune for all the people that really loved coming here that’s the biggie.”

The chimney is all that remains of the structure. Park officials said that it is no longer structurally sound and will need to come down.

Dennis Smith, a volunteer with the Friends of the Beaver Creek State Park, was at the scene of the fire taking pictures of what’s left of the building. He said the park has much to offer, but the Williams Home was a highlight.

“That and the Mill. Maybe if we could get the funding, we could build something just like it,” said Smith.

Officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the State Fire Marshal are investigating the blaze.

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