Plumes of smoke rose above Uptown Monday evening as firefighters faced flames in the attic of Uptown Westerville's historic Stoner House, 133 S. State St., around 7 p.m.

Plumes of smoke rose above Uptown Monday evening as firefighters faced flames in the attic of Uptown Westerville's historic Stoner House, 133 S. State St., around 7 p.m.

Westerville Fire Chief Bernie Ingles said the department responded to a call from someone inside the building who said electrical boxes were popping in the 158-year-old structure, which houses Catholica Books and Five Star Staffing.

"When they got here, they found fire in the attic," Ingles said.

The building, constructed in 1852, once served as a destination for those visiting natural springs on the site that were believed to have medicinal properties. It served as a tavern, an inn and a stop on the Underground Railroad.

An Ohio historical marker sits outside the building.

The extent of damage done to the building was not known Monday night.

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