The historic American Hotel, built in 1871, the Crapo House and the Ice House at Cerro Gordo burned down in what is thought to have been an electrical fire in an early morning fire on Monday, June 15, 2020. No injuries were reported, and the rest of the town is intact.
According to The Friends off Cerro Gordo Facebook website, the propane tanks of the hotel caught fire and exploded after the hotel itself started burning. The cause is under investigation but is suspected due to the old electrical wiring.
Everyone was asleep in the resident buildings when the fire broke out, and fortunately the wind was in their favor and those buildings along with the museum, the bunkhouse, the chapel, and the Belshaw, the Gordon, Chinaman’s, and Hunter House are all untouched.
Photos of the town showing the buildings before the fire are posted on The Friends of Cerro Gordo Facebook website.
The Olancha-Cartago Fire Department responded to the fire. Photos and more information can be found on their Facebook website Olancha-Cartago Fire Department.