Share This Page

Fire causes Blairsville bar to collapse, flames spread to neighboring building

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11:03 p.m.
Ken Anthony | For Trib Total Media
Onlookers watch as firefighters try to quell a blaze that started at Sharon’s Restaurant and Lounge, 244 E. Market St., Blairsville, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The building that housed Sharon’s collapsed, and a structure next door was in danger.

A Blairsville restaurant was destroyed by fire and collapsed Wednesday night and another building was damaged in the blaze.

The fire was first reported at Sharon's Restaurant and Lounge, 244 E. Market St., just after 10:30 p.m.

About a half-hour later, firefighters at the scene reported that an adjacent building was ablaze. The second building houses an ice cream shop, photography studio and apartments.

Soon after the second building caught fire, the building that housed Sharon's Restaurant and Lounge collapsed onto it.

A crowd of more than 100 people gathered near the scene and watched as the flames engulfed the buildings in the borough's business district, crowded with other commercial and residential properties.

Early reports suggested that a bartender may have been trapped in the restaurant, but he was later found to have safely escaped.

Citizens Ambulance and fire departments from Blairsville, Black Lick, Bradenville, Coral Graceton, Derry, Homer City and Indiana remained on the scene throughout the evening.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.