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Community landmark total loss after Thursday morning fire

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OSCODA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Ma Deeter's Bar was a local landmark in the small town of Luzerne in Oscoda County. It was as much a part of the fabric of Luzerne as the people who live there.

“Lot a lot of laughs, lot of good times in that place,” said resident Ken Friday. “Oh, it meant just about everything.”

But what once was the heart of the town, is now in ruins.

A fire broke out early Thursday morning, leaving the nearly 100-year-old log cabin a total loss.

No one was hurt in the fire.

Fire Chief Duane Roddy said the outside of the log cabin was refurbished, but the inside had very old, very dry wood.

“It's really going to affect the economy of Luzerne a little bit,” Roddy said.

Ma Deeter's was a meeting place for travelling hunters and snowmobilers, putting the town of Luzerne on the map.

Many who grew up in the area have memories of the place from their childhood.

“I started coming up here when I was 14, and I'm 70 – well I'll be 74, so it's quite a while,” Friday said.

Ma Deeter's website claims the building was the largest commercial log cabin east of the Mississippi River.

It was built in 1921.

And locals believe the halls of Ma Deeter's were haunted by Ma herself, Anna Deeter.

“She wanders the halls up in Room 3,” said resident Jenni Pilar.

Some even wonder if it were Ma herself who burned the place down. But according to the fire department, the actual cause is still undetermined.

But one thing is for sure, Ma Deeter's will be greatly missed in Luzerne.

“And to see this, just a pile of rubble, it's a shocker,” said visitor Carl Cook.

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