Creek fire investigation continue

EAST LIVERPOOL – A fire that destroyed a historic building in Beaver Creek State Park July 23 remains under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office.

The Blanche Williams homestead burned to the ground sometime overnight and was discovered by a walker the next morning, still smoldering.

Contacted this week, a spokesman at the state fire marshal’s office reported the investigation is continuing and the cause of the blaze is still undetermined.

The area had been blanketed with thunderstorms overnight, including lightning, and there has been some speculation that the metal roof of the home may have taken a lightning strike.

The entire red metal roof had turned a yellowish-white color during the fire except for one small round spot that retained its red color, which was surrounded by black charring.

Built in 1875, the house was the former home of Blanche Hickman-Williams, daughter of Levi Hickman, the last private owner of Gaston’s Mill located in the park.

The Friends of Beaver Creek maintained and operated the house, which was sometimes used as the setting for musical performances at the park.