A fast moving fire destroyed the Apple Valley Motel in Mitchell Sunday afternoon. The family owned business had been in operation for nearly 70 years. Owner Jon Bunch said he saw fire coming from low on a wall near an electrical outlet. The hotel was evacuated and there were no injuries reported. Bunch has worked at the hotel for most of his life, taking over operations from his parents who had owned it for decades. The Mitchell Fire Department was assisted by departments from Edwardsville, Granite City, Long Lake, and South Roxanna.


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