Community rallies around Christian Moerlein Brewery building - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Community rallies around Christian Moerlein Brewery building damaged in fire

By Dan Wells – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) – Local community organizations are now heating up the effort to help raise the Christian Moerlein Brewery building in Over-The-Rhine out of the ashes.

"I was happy to hear from a general contractor and the owner that it can be saved and there were firewalls in place that kept the fire from spreading to other parts of the building," said Brian Tiffany, CEO of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce.

On Friday night, a four alarm fire ripped through the historic brewery on Elm Street.

"Everything inside that barrel house was wood and very old wood I was terrified that we were going to lose something that is really critical to the future of the neighborhood," said Over-the-Rhine Foundation Executive Director Michael Morgan.

Over-the-Rhine community leaders say damage to such an important part of the neighborhood and redevelopment effort is sickening.

"We're hopeful that the current owners see the value of this landmark as well and the impact that it has not only in Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine but Findlay Market as well," said Tiffany.

At one point, more than ninety firefighters from various departments across the city fought the flames for more than three hours before getting it under control.

"We still optimistic that they will be able to let this building realize its potential, and become another part of the contributing assets to Over-the-Rhine," said Tiffany.

"The positive side of it is the number of people that I have seen showing such an extraordinary amount of concern," said Morgan.

Firefighters say only the south end of the 250,000 square foot building was damaged.

Copyright 2010 WXIX-TV and Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's put to death

    Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's put to death

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:44 PM EST2018-02-23 04:44:59 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:51 AM EST2018-02-23 16:51:23 GMT
    (Lauren Bacho/The Gainesville Sun via AP). The family of Susan Morris makes a statement after the execution of Eric Scott Branch in Gainesville, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The governor's office said Branch, 47, was pronounced dead Thursday after re...(Lauren Bacho/The Gainesville Sun via AP). The family of Susan Morris makes a statement after the execution of Eric Scott Branch in Gainesville, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The governor's office said Branch, 47, was pronounced dead Thursday after re...
    Florida inmate lets out blood-curdling scream, yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for 1993 rape and killing; authorities say 'no indication' last actions caused by lethal injection.Full Story >
    Florida inmate lets out blood-curdling scream, yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for 1993 rape and killing; authorities say 'no indication' last actions caused by lethal injection.Full Story >
  • Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:51 AM EST2018-02-23 16:51:05 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    Full Story >

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

    Full Story >
  • Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin

    Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:05 PM EST2018-02-22 22:05:38 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:49 AM EST2018-02-23 16:49:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file). FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, gestures on the sidelines of a summit meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file). FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, gestures on the sidelines of a summit meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...
    The journey of Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin has led from prison to wealthy entrepreneur.Full Story >
    The journey of Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin has led from prison to wealthy entrepreneur.Full Story >
Powered by Frankly