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Paranormal Playground: Recap of the top news stories for July 2014

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Paranormal Playground is a monthly recap of Paranormal Examiner John Albrecht's top paranormal news stories. Here are the top 25 news stories for July 2014.

Firefighter captures ghost on camera before battling house fire in Indiana
Firefighter captures ghost on camera before battling house fire in Indiana Photo and video courtesy of IPRA via Douglas Tipold

Firefighter captures ghost on camera before battling house fire in Indiana

A firefighter may have captured proof of the paranormal after he took some photos of a burning house. When he posted the images on his Facebook page, his wife noticed a strange shadowy figure engulfed in flames in one of the windows of the home.

Firefighter Douglas Tipold was called to a house fire in Gary, Indiana and when he arrived he took some photos of the property. As Tipold was waiting for his partners to unravel a hose he snapped a few shots of the burning house with the camera on his cell phone to document the scene. Later that night Tipold's wife Donna noticed something strange in one of the photos after he posted it to his Facebook page.

"This is a photo taken from my husband's camera phone. He doesn't know how to photo crop. I only believed it when I looked it up myself on his phone. The picture you see is exactly how the picture was taken. I still don't believe in this stuff, but I will say it is pretty creepy!" Donna Tipold said in a comment on Facebook.

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Kentucky haunted hospital is on its way to becoming a haunted hotel
Kentucky haunted hospital is on its way to becoming a haunted hotel Photos courtesy of the Mattinglys

Kentucky haunted hospital is on its way to becoming a haunted hotel

Owners of a Kentucky haunted hospital are working hard to make it a haunted hotel. The hospital is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world and according to an interview from an inside source today, money from ghost tours of the hospital are being used to renovate the building and the owners hope that the hotel will be finished by 2020.

The owners of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium filed a zoning plan last spring to convert the former hospital into a hotel and in February the zoning committee voted in favor for city council to approve the zoning for the project.

Owners Charlie and Tina Mattingly have plans to turn the former tuberculosis hospital into a 120-room four-star hotel, convention center, and liquor bottling business. The hotel will cater to the haunted hotel tourists as well as regular guests.

“It's the feeling that you get in the building and all of the odd anomalies that happen in here that most people relate that with paranormal activity,” owner Charlie Mattingly said in an interview with WRDB in June.

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Former 'Paranormal State' star Ryan Buell accused of ripping off fans
Former 'Paranormal State' star Ryan Buell accused of ripping off fans Photo courtesy of ABC

Former 'Paranormal State' star Ryan Buell accused of ripping off fans

Former "Paranormal State" television personality Ryan Buell is under fire from fans this summer. The paranormal investigator is currently on tour in Canada and featured to headline various ghost hunting events. According to hundreds of Facebook posts from his fans today, Buell is being accused of scamming people by cancelling the events and pocketing the money without giving fans refunds.

Earlier this month, former "Paranormal State" television personality Ryan Buell announced on his Facebook and Twitter pages that he was cancelling his upcoming lecture tour that was scheduled in the US for this summer. Buell also posted an apology to his angry fans informing them that health issues are the reason that he cancelled the US and Canada lecture tours this year.

Tired of the all of the cancellations and endless and empty promises, angry ticket-holders began sounding off on Buell's Facebook page about how unhappy they were. Fans requesting refunds for past events were called "trolls" and "haters" by Buell and his team of administrators that run the page. Inquiries and comments from fans were ignored and were eventually deleted by Buell and his team of administrators.

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Birdcage Theatre employee shot and killed in argument on Tombstone street
Birdcage Theatre employee shot and killed in argument on Tombstone street Photo courtesy of Paranormal Playground via Chance Houston

Birdcage Theatre employee shot and killed in argument on Tombstone street

One of the most haunted places in the world has lost one of its beloved employees this week. Lighting Leroy worked at the Birdcage Theatre for nearly two decades. He was shot and killed in the street on July 9.

Leroy Colomy was the manager of the Birdcage Theatre in Tombstone, Arizona. The 74-year-old was featured on "Ghost Adventures" in 2009 when Zak Bagans and the Ghost Adventures Crew conducted a paranormal investigation of the location.

According to a spokesman from the Cochise County Sheriff Department, Colomy was confronted by Barry Chappell just after 1 pm yesterday. The two men had an argument outside on Safford Street. Chappell pulled out a hand gun and allegedly shot Colomy. Colomy was shot multiple times and died in the street.

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Man suffering from sleep paralysis captures shadow figure on camera while asleep
Man suffering from sleep paralysis captures shadow figure on camera while asleep Man suffering from sleep paralysis captures shadow figure on camera while asleep

Man suffering from sleep paralysis captures shadow figure on camera while asleep

A man suffering from sleep paralysis decided to set up a camera to film what he experienced while asleep. The camera captured something strange hovering over him.

Mike Pike often wakes up in the middle of the night and upon waking he experiences a half-waking state where he is unable to move. On several occasions Pike felt like he wasn't alone and sometimes notices a strange shadowy figure at the foot of his bed watching him.

"I'm a rationalist and a very skeptical person with no previous interest in paranormal activity, but after doing some research it seemed like there was a possibility that this entity is real," Pike said.

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Bobby Mackey's tour guide calls it quits claiming the nightclub is too dangerous
Bobby Mackey's tour guide calls it quits claiming the nightclub is too dangerous Photo courtesy of Bobby Mackey's via Wanda Kay

Bobby Mackey's tour guide calls it quits claiming the nightclub is too dangerous

The most haunted nightclub in the world loses its ghost hunting tour guide after she calls it quits after a decade of service. Paranormal tour guide Wanda Kay posted her letter of resignation from Bobby Mackey's Music World on her Facebook page.

Bobby Mackey's Music World was featured on the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures" and host Zak Bagans refers to the nightclub as Hell's Gate. Bagans revisited the bar earlier this year to check in on Bobby Mackey on Wanda Kay. They sat down and talked with Bagans on the first episode of the new "Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks" series.

"As of today July 7-2014 I no longer represent Bobby Mackey's. Due to the dangerous conditions both normal and paranormal I refused to run tours or oversee anymore investigations. I have also quit my 10 year position as DJ for the nightclub. Thank God and Greyhounds I'm done!!!" Wanda Kay said via a status update on her Facebook page.

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Wal-Mart announces grand opening of Sam's Club that was built on sacred site
Wal-Mart announces grand opening of Sam's Club that was built on sacred site Photo courtesy of the Carrolton Menu via Wendy Cooley

Wal-Mart announces grand opening of Sam's Club that was built on sacred site

A new Sam's Club built near a Native American ceremonial mound in Alabama is scheduled to open this month. According to a phone call interview from a Wal-Mart representative yesterday, the membership-only retail store will open this summer in Oxford.

The city of Oxford spent millions of dollars to raze a 1,500-year-old Native American rock mound behind the Oxford Exchange retail outlet to make way for the new Sam's Club store. The developers working for retail giant Wal-Mart used the dirt from the mound as fill for the foundation of the membership store.

Wal-Mart first announced the plan for the new store in 2008 and when the city started to dig at the site in 2009, it stirred up controversy with its plan to use the dirt as fill for the proposed store. After a few years of back and forth arguments, the city reached an agreement with the Muscogee Creek Nation Indian tribe in 2011. The new Sam's Club store is now completed and scheduled to open on July 24.

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Facebook user haunted with eerie messages by dead girlfriend
Facebook user haunted with eerie messages by dead girlfriend Photo courtesy of Facebook

Facebook user haunted with eerie messages by dead girlfriend

A man haunted by his dead girlfriend claims that she has been sending him messages from beyond the grave. Apparently she has been sending him Facebook messages for nearly two years since her death.
 

Reddit user by the name of NateSW went to the social-news site to share an eerie story about a former girlfriend that recently died in car crash. He posted the story under the title "My dead girlfriend keeps messaging me on Facebook. I’ve got the screenshots. I don’t know what to do." in the sub section of Reddit called NoSleep.

According to Nathan his girlfriend Emily died in a car accident on August 7, 2012. Emily was killed when a vehicle ran a red light and struck her car. She died instantly at the scene. Nathan claims that she has been haunting him by sending him messages on Facebook since September 2013.

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Woman snaps photo of ghostly figure at 4th of July fireworks display in Georgia
Woman snaps photo of ghostly figure at 4th of July fireworks display in Georgia Photos courtesy of About.com via Petra Brooks

Woman snaps photo of ghostly figure at 4th of July fireworks display in Georgia

A woman got a strange surprise after snapping photos of her granddaughter at a fireworks display in Georgia with her family last week. After reviewing the photos later that evening she noticed a ghostly figure in one of the images.

Petra Brooks was out with her family to watch the fireworks in Fort Stewart, Georgia on the 4th of July. Brooks and her family decided to sit in a parking lot to watch the display with only a few people around. She was taking photos of her granddaughter playing, and after reviewing the images later that night, she noticed an odd phantom-like figure in one of the photos.

"Last Friday evening, we were at the 4th of July fireworks at Fort Stewart, Georgia. We sat in a parking lot with just a few other people, only a few hundred feet away from Warrior's Walk, which is a place around the parade field that has hundreds of trees, each planted for a fallen soldier,"Brooks.

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Televangelist Pat Robertson tells viewer to sell haunted house
Televangelist Pat Robertson tells viewer to sell haunted house Photo courtesy of CBN

Televangelist Pat Robertson tells viewer to sell haunted house

During the question and answer segment of "The 700 Club" a viewer asked televangelist Pat Robertson advice on what to do with their haunted house last month. Robertson told the viewer to get out and sell the house as fast as she can.

Lori posted: "My husband and I moved into a house a year ago. I'm a strong Christian with unwavering faith. I believe the Lord tried to stop us from buying it at every turn. Everything has been very difficult here; everything has to be redone, rehung, etc. The last few months weird things have been happening in the home. I've seen doors open and close on their own, we can't find something and then it appears, and things fall off shelves without reason. What do you recommend?" The viewer asked Robertson advice on how to cope with living in a haunted house.

"I'd sell that house in a heartbeat. I would run to the nearest realtor, put it on the market, cut the price in half, and get out. That's what I would do." Robertson said as he laughed. "Get out as fast as you can," he echoed on "The 700 Club" episode that aired on June 25.

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Ghost under couple's bed turns out to be a knife-wielding woman high on meth
Ghost under couple's bed turns out to be a knife-wielding woman high on meth Photo courtesy of Vocativ

Ghost under couple's bed turns out to be a knife-wielding woman high on meth

A Washington couple came home to find their apartment trashed one night this month. At first the couple thought that paranormal activity could be a factor and that a ghost might have rampaged the place.

Brian and Bridget O'Neill of Seattle, Washington came home late last week and were amazed to find their apartment a mess. There was some type of liquid smeared on the doorknobs and door handles, a can of paint was found dumped into the toilet, and all of the mail had been opened.

The odd thing about the situation is that nothing had been taken and all of their valuables were still in the home. The couple called the police and when the authorities arrived, they were baffled and had no idea what had occurred. The O'Neills started to wonder if a ghost had caused the destruction.

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Doll captured on camera falling off of dresser at haunted mansion in Ohio
Doll captured on camera falling off of dresser at haunted mansion in Ohio Photo courtesy of Paranormal Playground via John Albrecht

Doll captured on camera falling off of dresser at haunted mansion in Ohio

A couple of guys got more than they bargained for after they decided to explore an alleged haunted mansion alone together. The two skeptical paranormal investigators spent the night searching for ghosts in the Prospect Place Estate in Trinway, Ohio and after they reviewed the footage later that night, something extraordinary happened upon playback of one of their cameras.

Paranormal investigators John Albrecht and Dave Goldinger left Akron, Ohio on September 9, 2012 and headed south to Trinway, Ohio to visit the infamous Prospect Place Estate in Trinway, Ohio. While investigating the location, the two may have captured proof of one of the mansion's ghosts honing their haunting skills on video.

In the video, a doll can be seen falling off of a dresser and onto the floor. At the time the doll fell, Albrecht and Goldinger were outside taking a break, sitting on the front porch of the mansion.

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Woman captures ghostly figure on camera while on a Skype date with her boyfriend
Woman captures ghostly figure on camera while on a Skype date with her boyfriend Photos courtesy of Carolyn Day

Woman captures ghostly figure on camera while on a Skype date with her boyfriend

A woman got quite a scare during a Skype date with her boyfriend after she noticed an eerie angelic figure appear behind him while chatting. She sent the photo to the paranormal website Ghost Study to be analyzed.

Carolyn Day recently submitted a photo to Ghost Study of what she believes to be evidence of the supernatural. In the photo, an eerie figure is seen lurking in the background of her boyfriend's living room.

"This was May of 2012. I was 'Skyping' with my boyfriend and saw something move in the background. I told him not to turn around and look at it, and I took these two screenshots within seconds. I see very little in the second one but in the first one there is definitely something in the doorway,"Day said.

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Graphic video of mouse dying posted on Facebook shows spirit leaving the body
Graphic video of mouse dying posted on Facebook shows spirit leaving the body Photo courtesy of Facebook via Paul Rozek

Graphic video of mouse dying posted on Facebook shows spirit leaving the body

A video of a mouse dying went viral today after a man posted it on Facebook. The video shows a mouse getting caught and dying in a trap and near the end of it, the spirit is seen leaving the body.

Paul Rozek of Richmond, Michigan was working on his nephew's car in his driveway when he noticed a mouse running around in his garage. Rozek set up a trap to catch the mouse and placed his cell phone to capture the event on video.

"This is kinda morbid. Caught this little guy poking around my garage. I wasn't going to post it but then I noticed something right at 43 seconds, almost identical to the time he stops twitching," Rozek posted on the description of the video.

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Florida motorist photographs unusual weather phenomenon over I-75
Florida motorist photographs unusual weather phenomenon over I-75 Photo courtesy of Facebook via Joe Zuniga

Florida motorist photographs unusual weather phenomenon over I-75

A Florida motorist captured a strange weather phenomenon on camera this week as storm clouds parted above a busy highway he was driving on. The witness snapped a few photos from his cell phone and sent them to local weather experts. 

Joe Zuniga, a recording artist from Brandon, Florida, was driving on Interstate 75 near the Westfield Brandon Mall when he noticed an unusual weather phenomena. Storm clouds parted over the highway leaving a large square-shaped sunny area in the Brandon area last Tuesday.

“They looked almost like something spiritual coming through the storm, and the Lord has got your back,” Zuniga said.

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Woman that suspects her house is haunted learns it was home to a serial killer
Woman that suspects her house is haunted learns it was home to a serial killer Photo courtesy of CBS

Woman that suspects her house is haunted learns it was home to a serial killer

A Missouri woman thought that her house might be haunted when strange things started happening after she moved in. She eventually learned that the house had a dark and sinister past.

Catrina McGhaw moved into a rented house in Ferguson, Missouri in March. Soon after she moved in she felt like there was a dark presence in the home. McGhaw later learned that her house was home to a suspected serial killer. The killer tortured and killed people in the basement of the house.

Before McGhaw knew about the house's dark secret, she claims that her 2-year-old niece was playing in the basement when she suddenly became agitated and started crying. The toddler was playing near a pole that the victims were tied up to. McGhaw thinks now that her niece saw the ghosts of the victims.

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Aaron Goodwin of 'Ghost Adventures' shares pre-lockdown ritual on 'Ghost Fit'
Aaron Goodwin of 'Ghost Adventures' shares pre-lockdown ritual on 'Ghost Fit' Photo courtesy of Travel Channel

Aaron Goodwin of 'Ghost Adventures' shares pre-lockdown ritual on 'Ghost Fit'

"Ghost Adventures" cast member Nick Groff began hosting a new series on the Travel Channel's website this summer. The series which is known as "Ghost Fit" features Groff giving tips on fitness training and nutrition before he goes on a paranormal investigation. In an episode that was posted on Travel Channel's website yesterday, "Ghost Adventures" investigator Aaron Goodwin shares his pre-lockdown ritual.

Nick Groff is a member of the Ghost Adventures Crew and executive producer of the "Ghost Adventures" series. "Ghost Adventures" began as an independent documentary film that first aired on the Syfy Channel on July 27, 2007. The series follows paranormal investigators Zak Bagans, Nick Groff, and Aaron Goodwin as they explore alleged haunted locations.

The new episode of Groff's "Ghost Fit" features Aaron Goodwin. Goodwin talks about his pre-lockdown ritual and shares the four steps.

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Google Street View car captures ghost on camera at a house near haunted prison
Google Street View car captures ghost on camera at a house near haunted prison Photo courtesy of Google via screenshot from John Albrecht

Google Street View car captures ghost on camera at a house near haunted prison

The last time the Google Street View car visited Ohio, it captured a creepy image of what appears to be a ghostly figure in a house near the Ohio State Reformatory. The houses in the area were originally homes for prison guards and the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society announced on Monday that they plan to obtain the run-down property to use as a lodging house for ghost hunters that investigate the prison.

The Google Street View car was in Mansfield, Ohio in June 2012 capturing images for Google Maps and Google Earth. The car was travelling on Annadale Avenue near the Ohio State Reformatory when it captured something strange in one of the windows of a house it was passing. In the Street View screenshot, a ghostly figure of what appears to be a female spirit appears in the top window of a house located at 417 Annadale Avenue.

The house on Annadale Avenue is one of ten houses located on the other side of Olivesburg Road across from the old Ohio State Reformatory and Richland Correctional Institution. Mansfield Preservation Society Board of Trustees representative Ed Meehan hopes to acquire the property and rehabilitate it, turning the house into a lodging area or a bed and breakfast for paranormal investigators. All of the brick houses are identical and were at one point part of the Hancock Heights neighborhood which was home to construction workers that built the prison and later prison guards that worked for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

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Correction officers think devilish image on hood of state vehicle is paranormal
Correction officers think devilish image on hood of state vehicle is paranormal Photos courtesy of Kentucky Department of Corrections

Correction officers think devilish image on hood of state vehicle is paranormal

A Kentucky correction officer was going home for the night and as she was walking to her car, she noticed an eerie image on the hood of one of the prison's transportation vehicles. The guard was so scared that she radioed other officers to come for help, and one of them snapped a photo of the image and sent it to Ghost Study for examination.

Little Sandy Correctional Complex Lieutenant Brian Swint recently submitted a photo to Ghost Study of what he believes to be evidence of paranormal activity. In the photo, an evil looking face composed of a thin film of water droplets can be seen on the hood of one of the state transportation vehicles belonging to the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

"This was on the hood of one of our state cars in the parking lot after several hours, when the dew fell, all cars were covered except this one. The dew only fell on one spot on the entire car creating this formation. Now no one wants to drive this car on transportation trips. In the days past this has not appeared again on any cars," Lieutenant Brian Swint said.

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'Ghost Hunters' season nine will be released on DVD on August 12
'Ghost Hunters' season nine will be released on DVD on August 12 Photos courtesy of Syfy

'Ghost Hunters' season nine will be released on DVD on August 12

The first 13 episodes of the latest season of the Syfy channel's hit series "Ghost Hunters" will be released this summer in a 4-disc set. "Ghost Hunters" season nine part one is available for pre-order and will be released on August 12..

In season nine, the cast includes Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Amy Bruni, Adam Berry, Britt Giffith, Samantha Hawes, and Maddie the dog. Bruni and Berry announced in May that they won't be returning for a new season.

"The pursuit of poltergeists continues as the intrepid TAPS crew crisscrosses the country in 13 all-new episodes. The hunters begin Season nine investigating the infamous "Black Dahlia" homicide in Hollywood. Then it's off to San Juan Capistrano Mission, where an earthquake in the 1800s killed scores, some of whom may not have moved on. Visitors to the mission have reported a hooded monk walking the halls, and locals believe one look at his horrifying face means sudden death. These adventures and more are included in the scary and fun part one of 'Ghost Hunters' season nine," according to the description for the current season.

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Woman photographed with shadow figure while out to lunch with family
Woman photographed with shadow figure while out to lunch with family Photo courtesy of Ordene Parris

Woman photographed with shadow figure while out to lunch with family

A woman went out to lunch with her family and while waiting for their food one of the family members started taking photos. After reviewing the images later that night, she noticed something strange in one of the photos. She sent the photo to the paranormal website Ghost Study to be analyzed.

Ordene Parris of Reading, England recently submitted a photo to Ghost Study of what she believes to be evidence of the paranormal. In the photo, a black shadow figure is seen lurking in the background behind her.

"I'm not sure what it is or if its anything at all. My family and I went to the Carvery in Reading for Sunday lunch, that's where the photo was taken. I think I have something here," Parris said.

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Actress Emma Stone tells David Letterman that her grandfather haunts her family
Actress Emma Stone tells David Letterman that her grandfather haunts her family Photo courtesy of CBS

Actress Emma Stone tells David Letterman that her grandfather haunts her family

An actress appeared on a late night talk show to promote her new film last night and during the interview segment, she informed the host that her grandfather haunts her family.

Emma Stone was interviewed on the "Late Show" about her new film "Magic in the Moonlight" with David Letterman on Wednesday. In one segment of the show, Letterman asked Stone if she ever had a paranormal experience.

The Arizona-born actress claims that her grandfather has always haunted her and her family. According to Stone, quarters mysteriously appear around her house and the ghost of her granddad is responsible for it.

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New paranormal trigger objects feature EMF meter with vibration detection
New paranormal trigger objects feature EMF meter with vibration detection Photo courtesy of John Albrecht

New paranormal trigger objects feature EMF meter with vibration detection

A new paranormal device is available to purchase this summer. Paranormal Playground group leader and Paranormal Examiner John Albrecht developed a new trigger object to use on paranormal investigations.

OTTO is a limited edition glow-in-the-dark stuffed plush toy ghost that features a built-in EMF meter with a vibration detector that has an audio alarm and also includes a wireless key-chain remote for arming and disarming the device. OTTO is an acronym for Oracle Toy Trigger Object. Albrecht got the idea for the trigger object while on an investigation with Xtreme Paranormal investigator Jim Coffman at Sedamsville Rectory in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 14, 2012.

OTTO is the only paranormal trigger object on the market that features both EMF and vibration detection. The device also includes a remote control key-chain to activate or deactivate the alarm. There are similar trigger objects available that detect electromagnetic fields but they are expensive and are selling for $120 and up. There is also lower priced OTTO model that features vibration detection only.

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Firefighters battle blaze at haunted hotel in Ohio
Firefighters battle blaze at haunted hotel in Ohio Photo courtesy of Facebook

Firefighters battle blaze at haunted hotel in Ohio

Ohio firefighters battled a structure fire that broke out at the Goucher Haunted Hotel earlier this month. According to a Facebook post from the Toronto Coalition For Revitalization last night, the majority of the damage was caused by water.

The fire started yesterday afternoon around 3:30 pm at the Goucher Haunted Hotel in Toronto, Ohio. The Toronto Fire Department arrived within minutes to battle the blaze. Firefighters had the fire out in under an hour but the hotel suffered from extensive water damage. No one was hurt in the fire.

According to fire department officials, the blaze started from a crew that was doing work in the attic with a blowtorch. The state fire marshal believes that a rubber-like substance caught on fire.

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Ghost photographed at a cemetery that 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' was filmed at
Ghost photographed at a cemetery that 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' was filmed at Photo courtesy of Jacob via Ghost Study

Ghost photographed at a cemetery that 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' was filmed at

A man was taking pictures while on a guided tour of a cemetery that was featured in "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film, and when he reviewed the photos he noticed a strange figure in the background in one of the images. He sent it to Ghost Study for review.

Jacob quite possibly captured evidence of the paranormal in a photo that he took when he was on the Elgin Cemetery tour in Illinois last summer. In the image, a young woman-wearing-white apparition appears in the background in the treeline of the cemetery.

"This photo was taken at the Bluff City Cemetery from the 2010 adaption of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' movie. Our tour group was in the foreground at the entrance to this active mausoleum, however when you look closely in the background there's a girl ghost standing by the tree, watching you! This is the original, untouched, and unaltered photograph," Jacob said.

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