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Historic Littleton inn closed indefinitely
"We've been open since 1843, and we'll be open again after this," said Thayers Inn General Manager Harry Almeida.
"We're all shut down right now, because there is a lot of cleanup and rewiring of electrical panels and rewiring of rooms," said Almeida. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done. Right now we're working on cleaning things up, and then after the estimates for repairs are reviewed they'll start the repairs."
"It looked like a fire hydrant spraying water inside," said Almeida. "It dumped a lot of water down. I was at a store, and got called back to shut down the water."
A small gathering of people in Bailiwicks were also evacuated. Damage to the restaurant included the ceiling collapse over the bar, and more than half a foot of standing water inside the dining area.
"We've managed to secure them rooms at other hotels," said Almeida. "They all have places to stay."
Bailiwicks owner Stacey Northrup of Littleton said Saturday she had to lay off a total of 37 workers from her two restaurants because she transferred more senior workers from Bailiwicks to her other restaurant, Bailiwicks on Mill, in St Johnsbury, Vt.
Appliances, including several refrigerators stocked with alcoholic beverages, were ruined at the eight-year-old business.
"We were getting ready for Friday night dinner. The alarm went off, but we didn't think it was going to be an issue. There had been a problem with a sprinkler head earlier that day, but it wasn't an issue. We thought we'd just wait outside until the fire department came and reset the alarm," Northrup said.
Will the hotel and restaurant bounce back and resume business, Northrup was asked. "We have to," she replied.
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