On February 8, 2006 at 7am, the Bellefonte Fire Department was dispatched for a building fire at the historic Bush House hotel.
Chief J. Beaver (100) arrived on scene and reported a working fire and called for a second alarm.
An interior attack was attempted however, after a partial collapse of the roof towards the rear of the structure all personnel were evacuated and an exterior attack was ordered.
Fire companies from Centre County, Mifflin County, and Clinton County battled the blaze for over 8 hours.
In addition to the hotel the building housed several other businesses including a restaurant, bar, and bottle shop, all of which were a total loss.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.