Franklin Castle property catches fire again

Carriage house burns

CLEVELAND - Another  fire has caused serious damage at the historic Franklin Castle in Cleveland's Ohio City.

This time, the carriage house at the rear of the property burned.

Cleveland Division of Fire records show the department responded to a call at the castle Monday evening and found heavy smoke coming from the stone carriage house that sits behind the famous castle.

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The Franklin Castle itself fell victim to fire in late 1999. That fire was set by a vagrant who was trespassing inside the building. The 1999 fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in estimated damage to the structure, and repairs have never been completed.

The cause of the carriage house fire is undetermined at this time. Fire officials told newsnet5.com that the Fire Investigation Unit is continuing to look into the matter.

They also said no one was hurt in the fire.

Bedding, broken windows and yellow caution tape can be seen scattered around outside the carriage house today. The widows and doors have also been boarded up.

Charles Milsaps, a long-time caretaker of the property who would occasionally give tours of the castle, did live in the carriage house but was not home at the time of the fire.

Attempts to reach Milsaps about the incident were unsuccessful.

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