Posted: Aug 7, 2014 6:19 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Aug 7, 2014 6:47 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - The mansion billed as America's most haunted plantation was nearly burned to the ground last night when a fire broke out in the gift shop, just feet away from the historic home.
The fire, likely caused by electrical problems, ignited the 200 year old building and threatened the main house.
"When I looked at the building, smoke was just pouring out of it, and as the evening went on all of sudden flames were shooting out of the middle and I took a picture of it," said Laura Nilson, who was visiting the home with her grandson.
While several firefighters worked tirelessly to keep the flames away from the main building, some people believe the spirits, many presume walk the grounds, played a role in protecting their home.
"If anything it was the ghost who stopped it, there's no reason why these buildings should be standing today with the age of the materials in them," said Teresa David, the general manager of the site.
The Myrtles plans to rebuild the home and will accommodate guests and tours throughout the process.