Historic Hitching Post in Mentone Burns OvernightPhoto Credit: Coby Harrison via WHNT
A century-old building in Mentone burned to the ground on Thursday night.
According to the building’s owner, the Hitching Post, which was located at the corner of Alabama Highway 117 and DeSoto Parkway, caught fire that evening; the building was undergoing renovations. Highway 117 was shut down in both directions for an extended period, according to the DeKalb County, Alabama EMA.
WHNT in Huntsville reported the property was a total loss.
According to the owner, Jerry Clifton, in a statement posted to social media Thursday night: “We are devastated, but thankful everyone is safe – heartbroken, but grateful for God’s protective hand on firefighters and surrounding property.”
According to mentonehitchingpost.com, the building has “been a part of Mentone for more than a century.”
(WZQZ Chattooga County Radio/WHNT/DeKalb Daily News/the Groundhog)