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

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.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11:03 p.m.

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.

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