Popular Adairsville restaurant lost in blaze
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Bartow County firefighters worked the scene of a fire Sunday evening at Sage Cottage restaurant on Main Street in Adairsville.
ERIC PASS/North Bartow News
Bartow County firefighters worked the scene of a fire Sunday evening at Sage Cottage restaurant on Main Street in Adairsville. ERIC PASS/North Bartow News
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A favorite eatery in downtown Adairsville was lost Sunday evening after a fire ravaged the building.

According to Bartow County Fire Department Sgt. Lisa Hahn, crews were called to Sage Cottage on Main Street just after 6 p.m.

Stations 1, 2, 7, 8, 10 and 15 responded to find the blaze burning in the rear of the building. Crews had the fire under control at 8:31 p.m. and left the scene at 1 a.m.

Witnesses had reported hearing a possible explosion, but Hahn said the cause and origin had not been determined.

BCFD Battalion Chief Sandy Turner said just after noon Monday that the state fire marshal’s office had been called in to investigate.

Brad Gilmore, spokesman for Sage Cottage Restaurant, told the North Bartow News that the restaurant had been open for lunch, and one of the owners, Jim Southerland, left the building after closing about 3:30 p.m.

“We are thankful no one was here when the blaze occurred,” Mike Martin, a former employee, told the North Bartow News. “This is truly heartbreaking to see such a beautiful place reduced to ruins.”

Hahn said one firefighter was transported to Cartersville Medical Center for heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Scrap metal stolen from yard

A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a theft report at 3601 U.S. Highway 411, Cartersville, on Sunday, Aug. 19.

The victim said someone entered his property by cutting through his fence. He said he had the scrap metal hidden in the back of an old truck at the very back of his property. When he checked it Sunday, he discovered the metal was missing and the hole in his fence.

No suspects are available at this time.

Tools, box stolen from storage unit

Sunday, Aug. 19, a BCSO deputy responded to a burglary report at A Better Storage at 1834 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville.

The victim said when he arrived at his storage unit he discovered his lock was missing. When he looked inside the unit, he saw that his toolbox and all of his tools were gone. A second lock on the back of the storage unit was gone as well.

He later found the toolbox in a nearby vacant storage unit. However, he did not find his missing tools.

No suspects are available at this time.