Firefighters battle overnight fire at landmark building

SANBORN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused the damaging fire at the Marlboro Inn. For now, the building stands with lots of fire and smoke damage.

An early morning fire caused heavy damage to the landmark in Sanborn. The Marlboro Inn dates back to the late 1800s.

Sanborn Fire Chief Rob Hoover said, “It’s hay day was back in the day, when they had railcars stop in Sanborn and people would actually stay here.”

The now restaurant closed late Tuesday night. Then early Wednesday morning, a state trooper was patrolling the area and saw smoke coming from the building. He called it in and minutes later firefighters from about 10 companies showed up.

Hoover explained, “We did run into heavy fire in the basement area, heavy heat and heavy smoke conditions on all floors.”

The fire started in the basement and traveled to the first and second floor. Because it’s an old building, fire officials say they had to be mindful of a lot of different things.

“The kind of construction. There’s a flat roof underneath the regular roof, so we had some things we really had to take into consideration for firefighters safety,” said Hoover.

Luckily no one was hurt, but it caused ample damage. Fire officials estimate there’s more than $100,000 in damages. They say it’s extensive, but repairable.

“I haven’t spoken with the owner but I’m sure it they’ll get it fixed up,” Hoover said.  “It’s a landmark in the community.”

Firefighters had to shut down the railroad tracks nearby as a precaution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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