Fireworks cause fire at Ravenna's Cedar Hills Winery and Gardens
A fire at Ravenna's Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens was started by fireworks, according to the State Fire Marshal's office Thursday afternoon.
Ravenna Volunteer fire officials told NTV News they were called out about 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning to a fully-engulfed structure fire, but when they arrived what was left of the wine production area and guest house was already burned down.
Winery owners said they're unsure of when they'll be open again, and city leaders acknowledge it will take time.
"Hopefully they'll rebuild but it'll just take time and people will be willing to help in whatever they can do to help them," said Ravenna Mayor Peg Dethlefs. "And we just have to give them a little time to grieve the loss they just went through...it is huge."
Only two out of 10 production tanks were full and many cases of wine were in the building that burned down, but the fire didn't affect the tasting room.
Grape harvest starts later this summer. Owners said they have been in contact with members of the Winery Association so they can move forward.
Owner Clay Schutz says the only wine left is what was on the shelves of the tasting room.
He says they're still trying to figure out if they'll still be able to host upcoming events and weddings.
Schutz says they'll keep people updated on their social media pages.