burt fire

Firefighters were called to Farley’s at 1:48 a.m., according to Burt Fire Chief Nick McGuire.

Photo by David Bunkofske

BURT — A bar in Burt was destroyed in a fire early Friday.

Firefighters were called to Farley’s at 1:48 a.m., according to Burt Fire Chief Nick McGuire.

He said the north side of the building and the upper floor were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

McGuire said it was a wooden building covered with tin, so it was “pretty hard to get into it.”

The firefighters concentrated on keeping the fire from spreading to nearby buildings, according to McGuire.

He said another building was located just 20 to 30 feet away from the bar, and when one of the walls of the bar collapsed it came within six inches of that building.

Fortunately, all it did was “melt a little bit of siding,” McGuire said.

Firefighters remained on the scene until early Friday afternoon.

The bar closed at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, so no one was inside when the fire started, he said.

No one was injured in the blaze.

McGuire said the building was insured.

Farley’s opened this spring. McGuire said the owner was remodeling the building to add a kitchen so the place could be a bar and grill, but no cooking was going on before the fire broke out.

The cause of the fire is unknown, according to McGuire. He said the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been contacted.

McGuire said the building was around 100 years old and had been occupied by a number of businesses over the years, including a grocery store and a cafe.

He said no other fire departments were called to the scene.

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