A fire caused an estimated $40,000 to Uptown Westerville's historic Stoner House, 133 S. State St., earlier this week.

A fire caused an estimated $40,000 to Uptown Westerville's historic Stoner House, 133 S. State St., earlier this week.

Westerville police were called to the 158-year-old brick building at 6:49 p.m. on Monday, July 26, after one of the building's occupants called to report an electrical fire.

When firefighters arrived on the scene at 6:51 p.m., smoke was showing, according to the Division of Fire report. Firefighters found flames in a second-story storage area in the building, which houses Catholica Bookstore and Five Star Staffing.

With aid from the Genoa Township and Columbus fire departments, Westerville firefighters had the blaze controlled by 7:33 p.m. and remained on scene until 10:10 p.m.

Damage was contained to the second story, the fire department's report said.

South State Street between Walnut Street and Plum Street was closed while firefighters worked to get the blaze under control.

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.