Capt. Jason Sweet said the fire department received a call at approximately 12:28 a.m. today regarding the structure fire at Murphy’s Irish Pub located at 160 W. Fulton St.
Sweet said the fire was large in size when the second battalion arrived on the scene. No one was present at the local pub at the time of the fire that was called in by a passerby.
Damage to the building was reportedly extensive with heavy damage to the rear of the building. Sweet said the fire was contained within about 45 minutes and firefighters were able to prevent the fire from reaching the front of the building.
“The guys did a good job of preventing it from spreading to the front side,” Sweet said.
City fire crews were on the scene until 4 a.m. Sweet said one firefighter was transported to the hospital for dehydration and later released.
A cause of the fire has not been determined and is currently under investigation.
Sweet said it was unclear if operations at the pub would resume with a large portion of the back side of the building burned away.
“There is a hard line drawn from the kitchen area to the bar that was saved” Sweet said. “Whatever was back there, it seemed like was a storage area back there, it is completely burned away.”
The owner of Murphy’s Irish Pub could not be reached for comment before press time.
All four city battalions responded to the fire in addition to members of the Johnstown Fire Department who provided additional support.