This week in history: Byeways destroyed in fire

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MAY 31, 2000: The Upper Ottawa Valley lost a local landmark Wednesday night as the Byeways Restaurant and Tavern in Point Alexander burned to the ground in a spectacular blaze.

Forty firefighters from Laurentian Hills, Deep River and Petawawa were called to the scene shortly after 11 pm and appeared at first to have the fire contained to the restaurant area at the east end of the historic building.

But by midnight the fire got the upper hand as flames began to lick out the back windows of the restaurant and through the roof, and the entire structure was soon engulfed.

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