Popular Pocono Tavern, Apartments Go Up In Blaze | News
A popular bar in the Poconos went up in flames after a fire tore through the building.
Burke's Tavern in Mount Pocono and some apartments upstairs were gutted by the blaze.
What caused the fire is still under investigation, but people in the area said they can remember countless weekends, spending time with family and friends at Burke's Tavern.
They said this is a loss for the tavern's owner, the people whose apartments were lost, and a loss for the community at large.
Onlookers gawked at the unbelievable fire scene developing before their eyes as thick smoke poured from Burke's Tavern in Mount Pocono.
Rose Saint Hilaire said she watched as the whole disaster unfolded.
"We stood here from the beginning and to watch it, you could hardly see anything, and now look at this, it's like, I can't believe this," said Saint Hilaire of Tobyhanna. "I can't believe it. It was like nothing at first, all you see is the smoke and then raging."
As the fire swelled, emergency crews continued to push on-ookers back to safety.
PPL cut electricity as power lines hanging next to the building caught fire.
People said there are apartments upstairs of the bar and say this fire is taking both a business as well as homes.
"People actually live there upstairs, so the effect of that is, a lot of people probably just lost a lot of their personal belongings," said Joe Wood of Mount Pocono.
The Pocono Mountain Fire Chief said the strong winds made the fire even harder to put out.
A state police fire marshal was called but at this point, it doesn't appear suspicious.
"What I've gotten from the owner and the day bartender is she came to open up, did her rounds, did everything she normally does, heard a noise in the kitchen, went back and above the fryer, grease and fire was burning," said Chief Randy Altemoose.
For the people in this area, it's not only a business that's been destroyed but a place where friends and family made fond memories.
"I've been here for years and this is like a monument and it's going down," said Saint Hilaire. "Football Sundays, they come for their beer and their wings, and now it's gone."