SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) - Smoke could be seen for miles as Springfield firefighters battled a fire Friday at McMurray's Pub on East College Avenue.
At one point, there were 30 to 40 foot flames.
Dozens of people gathered to watched the building burn.
"All the memories came back and just thinking about how we come here every week for just good times with friends. Just, you know, what college kids do for fun after class," says Wittenberg University Junior Kaitlyn Bedard.
Owner Kevin O'Neill tells me the fire started around 3:30 pm.
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"My people came into work. We have a shift in the morning also and there was a fryer that overheated apparently and they tried to deal with that. They used a suppression system on it and it didn't help. So, they called the fire department and got the three other employees out of the building," explains O'Neill.
None of those employees were hurt. But, fire officials tell 2 NEWS a firefighter did injure his arm while working on the ladder. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital. He's expected to be okay.
Fire officials tell me the building is a total loss.
O'Neill says this won't be the end for the hot spot.
"It's a landmark. O'Brien's was here before us and it's been here since the early 50s and like I said it's just a landmark and we've just carried on that tradition. It's a family operation. We're not a chain. Like I said, we're going to reopen," says O'Neill.
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