Second oldest building in Superior destroyed

Posted at 9:07 PM, May 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-12 23:07:24-04

SUPERIOR – A historic building in Superior was a total loss in a Saturday structure fire and officials are investigating the cause.

The building was built in 1901 and was the second oldest building in the town. The blaze destroyed more than just a structure, but a family’s business and home.

“We have a laundromat that’s adjacent to our home. There’s a little walkway in between the two buildings separating the laundromat and our home. It started From what we’re seeing it started behind the dryer vents, dryer vent area,” said Nancy Hill, the owner of the Hilltop Hotel.

Nancy and her husband have owned the hotel since the early 1990s.

Nancy was at work when the fire started around 8 o’ clock that evening. Mr. Hill had been asleep on the couch when a neighbor called to tell him his house was on fire.

Crews from Frenchtown, Superior, St. Regis, and the West End fire departments responded to the incident. They were on the scene quickly, but because of how the home was built the fire was difficult to contain.

Flames spread throughout the home and at one point crews had to back out and fight the fire only from the outside of the building. It was brought under control at 2 a.m.

With their home is destroyed and her belongings lost Nancy and her husband are trying to stay positive.

“Were not homeless because we have other adjacent motel units so we have a place, we have a roof over our head. Among the tragedy, there’s many blessings,” Nancy told MTN News.

She says one of those blessings has been the support of the community.