Fire destroys Crossroads Market and Pub on W.Va. 51


MIDDLEWAY, W.Va. -- A fire early Wednesday destroyed a market and pub along W.Va. 51 in Jefferson County, causing an estimated $400,000 in damage, authorities said.

The state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration's licensing database listed the business at 4843 Middleway Pike as Crossroads Market and Pub.

Firefighters from 12 fire departments in three states responded to the 3:10 a.m. blaze, according to Middleway Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Mike Mood.

No one was hurt. A man who lived in an upstairs apartment was able get out of the building, Mood said.

The cause was under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office, Mood said. The blaze appears to have started in the basement, based on preliminary information.


The store and pub were a total loss, according to Mood, but firefighters were able to save an addition.

A number of additions to the business over several years created a challenge for firefighters to put out the fire between multiple roofs, Mood said.

Mood said the business owner told him that he intended to rebuild.

Carroll J. Cubbage of Kearneysville, W.Va., who could not be reached for comment, is listed as the owner of the business in the ABCA licensing database.

A tavern license was issued for Crossroads Market and Pub at 4843 Middleway Pike by the ABCA in August 2009 and the status of the license was "active" as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the database.

Firefighters cleared the scene about 9:30 a.m., Mood said. The chief estimated that 30 to 40 firefighters responded to the blaze.

In addition to Middleway, personnel responded from Sharpsburg, Md.; Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. in Clarke County, Va.; John H. Enders Fire and Rescue Co. in Berryville, Va.; Clear Brook Fire & Rescue in Frederick County, Va.; South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department in Inwood, W.Va.; Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department east of Martinsburg; and Independent, Citizens, Friendship, Blue Ridge Mountain and Shepherdstown fire departments in Jefferson County, W.Va., Mood said.

Firefighters were recalled to the scene Wednesday night for a report that something at the site was smoldering, according to a Jefferson County emergency dispatcher.

Firefighters found no serious problems at the scene and returned a short time later, according to Mood.

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