Burned building in McKenzie transformed into haunted house

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McKENZIE, Tenn. — A building with old bones in downtown McKenzie comes back to life. “This is the old City Cafe. It burned probably about 10 years ago, and so it was an ugly burnt out building,” McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland told WBBJ on Wednesday. But this Halloween, it’s going to be a haunted house. It’s a collaboration between the city of McKenzie and Bethel University’s Greek Life as part of the city’s annual Boo Bash. After an inspection by the city to make sure it was safe, officials said it’s ready for a ghostly walk-through. The abandoned building has no roof, graffiti on the walls and some of the bricks are still charred from that fire more than a decade ago, but those involved say it makes for a unique haunted house. “At night it’s actually really scary here,” Director for Greek Life at Bethel University Nick Batey said. “You have the charred building. You have the bricks that are showing. It adds to the atmosphere.” The haunted house is free and open to the public starting at 5 p.m. Thursday and runs through midnight.

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