MANCHESTER, Ohio (FOX19) - A massive fire destroyed a winery and restaurant along the Ohio River in Adams County Thursday morning, the owners say.
Several fire crews remain on scene at Moyer Winery and Restaurant off U.S. 52 in the village of Manchester.
“It is, unfortunately, a total loss,” the operators said in a statement to FOX19 NOW. “Please thank everyone for their patronage. Moyer was a very special place to all of us and to many in our community. We loved it...our hearts are broken today. We are celebrating everything we can. We are salvaging everything that we can. It was difficult, but we had a very dedicated team of firefighters that gave it everything they had."
Dispatchers say flames broke out about 1:30 a.m. while the business was closed.
The restaurant is located in a building that has been around since the early part of the century along the Ohio River in the village of Manchester, according to Moyer’s Facebook page.
The Showboat Majestic, which used to be docked along Cincinnati’s riverfront, was bought by an Adams County couple and was supposed to be moored near the winery.
U.S. 52 was shut down in both directions for several hours between the Brown County line and the village of Manchester, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
It has since reopened.
The Manchester Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.
A damage estimate was not immediately available.
Several other fire departments responded to the blaze to assist including crews from West Union, Ripley, Aberdeen, Wayne Township and Russellville, dispatchers said.