SERGEANTSVILLE, N.J. (CBS) — Flames ripped through a historic inn and restaurant early Monday morning in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, destroying the building that once hosted George Washington.

The four-alarm fire broke out around 2 a.m. at the Sergeantsville Inn on Rosemont Ringoes Road in Delaware Township.

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Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames and smoke coming from the front door. The fire eventually tore through the roof of the two-story stone structure that is almost 300 years old.

The fire was placed under control several hours later, but it appears to be a total loss.

“There’s a hole in the center of my world, too,” said Mayor Roger Locandro. “This is the place people would come after a township meeting. The town hall is right across the street. My kids have had their birthday parties there. It’s a terrible loss for our community.”

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The building was built in 1735 and has been a restaurant since the early 1900s.

One firefighter sustained a minor knee injury.

There was no word on what sparked the blaze.

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