Fire damages Mountain View Inn, Kings Table restaurant

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 5/26/19

A mid-morning fire allegedly set by a man staying at the Mountain View Inn damaged portions of the hotel, as well as King's Table restaurant on Friday.According to Cleveland Fire Department Chief Ron …

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Fire damages Mountain View Inn, Kings Table restaurant

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A mid-morning fire allegedly set by a man staying at the Mountain View Inn damaged portions of the hotel, as well as King's Table restaurant on Friday.

According to Cleveland Fire Department Chief Ron Harrison, the blaze was intentionally set by the man.

The incident took place at approximately 9:45 a.m.

Harrison said the man barricaded himself in his hotel room bathroom, after setting the fire. The hotel room is located on the second floor directly above the restaurant's main dining room.

"The CPD breached the bathroom door and got the fire under control before turning the situation over to SWAT," Harrison said.

Harrison said the man, who was injured by the blaze,  was transported to a local hospital by Life Force. The man's identity, or condition, are unknown, although Harrison said the man was unconscious when he was removed from the hotel room.

There is not yet an estimation of the damages caused by smoke and fire.

The restaurant is part of the Wounded Healers Ministry, operated by Jeannie Hart. It opened in March and is located in space formerly occupied by Carrie's Restaurant.

The ministry feeds a number of Cleveland's homeless and unemployed through the week, in addition to its retail business.

Inside the restaurant, the large areas of the lobby and dining room floor were covered by water. The thick smell of smoke charged the air inside the restaurant, as well as the hotel lobby.

Cindy Shaw, a spokesman for the restaurant, said it was not open for business at the time of the incident; however, restaurant employees were inside prepping the eatery for its 10:30 a.m. opening.

No hotel or restaurant employees were injured.

Ministry accountant Marcia Gilbert said she was awaiting the arrival of the restaurant's insurance adjuster. She said she hoped the restaurant can be reopened as soon as possible.

"This has affected our ministry," Gilbert said. "We not only feed people here nutritionally, but also emotionally and spiritually."



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