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Bumpas House Burns

The Bumpus House, a Texas historic landmark home turned restaurant in downtown Gladewater caught fire early Friday morning.

The fire call came in at 3:37 a.m. Friday with Gladewater, Clarksville City, Warren City and White Oak Fire Departments all responded to the blaze. Gladewater Fire Chief Wayne Smith reportedly said he doesn't believe the building is salvageable because of the wood construction and the amount of water used to extinguish the fire.  

The fire marshal said Friday afternoon the cause of fire was still unknown.

This house, which has been vacant for more than a year, is believed to have been built about the turn of the century. Area sawmill owner and road builder William E. Bumpus and his wife Catherine (Harris) purchased the property in 1927. The Bumpus House is a well-preserved example of a large dwelling with colonial revival details (dormers, gable ends) and craftsman influences (tapered box supports on brick piers). A local landmark, the house remained in the Bumpus family until 1987. The house was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1994.