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Irish Buffalo tavern demolished after fire destroys the east side staple

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Fire crews are investigating after fighting a fire at an east Toledo bar early Tuesday morning.

The fire happened around 12: 15 a.m. at the Irish Buffalo Bar on the 400 block of E. Broadway near Starr Ave.

Crews say the roof was collapsing when they arrived to the scene, so fighting the fire from the inside was not possible.

Fire crews say the establishment is a total loss. A demolition crew was called to the scene.

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Jamal Grant has owned Da Shop Barber Shop next door for the last 13 years. The exterior of his shop was damaged in the fire, but he's thankful firefighters were able to save the rest of the building.

"I woke up out my sleep and everybody was calling me saying, the barber shop is on fire, the barber shop is on fire. I came to see and luckily it was just the bar that was on fire and not the barber shop," Grant said. "[The bar] is legendary. It was there when I was kid and now it's gone so...yeah...I feel bad for them but I hope everything works out for them." 

Grant says he was able to save the bar's sign so he hopes the owner will let him keep it on display in his shop for memories. 

No one was injured.

Patrons said the bar was closed Sunday. 

"It's sad, it's a sad day," said George Segura, longtime patron. "Lot of good memories here - lots of family memories, get togethers, Super Bowl parties, Ohio State football parties. It's just sad. I heard about it. I saw it on Facebook and I looked out my window and there it is."

Segura said his family used to own the bar, so the loss is especially sad for him.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.