A fire destroyed a British pub in rural west Ottawa early this morning.
Residents also reported smoke visible above the pub's roof.
Firefighters began to fight the fire from the outside and continued to douse the flames four hours later. At least two dozen trucks responded to the blaze, but there were not any fire hydrants close to the building.
About five hours after the fire started, the bell tower atop the pub's building collapsed to the ground and crumbled.
01-28-2013 10:52 AM
I work right by what was the pub. 3rd fire on richardson side road in the last, what, a year and a half? Too bad tho, it was a nice little spot
01-28-2013 11:41 AM
So sad when I heard this :( Such a great place.
01-28-2013 12:37 PM
Great spot, and the only decent pub that was really close to where I used to live. The burger nights were fantastic. Too bad to hear, it was a nice old building too.
01-28-2013 12:37 PM
Sad. I hope they rebuild. :(
01-28-2013 12:39 PM
Sucks! was a nice place made a mean Reuben!
01-28-2013 01:05 PM
Man, that sucks.. This is the place where I first enjoyed deep fried pickles!
Hopefully they rebuild and re-open..
01-28-2013 01:32 PM
Devastating news to wake up to.
If you're in the west end and have any remote interest in craft beer, you've likely been to The Cat many times. Truly one of the best places in the city. As a weekly visitor, I'm crushed...what on earth am I gonna do on Friday nights now... :(
01-28-2013 01:40 PM
I only wen a few times, as I don't live out that way, but it was a great place from all accounts.
01-28-2013 01:43 PM
Just last week they were getting their tires pumped on cbc radio as best authentic english pub in ottawa
01-28-2013 01:46 PM
Bah. That's too bad. That place was solid.
Restaurant fires always remind me of this though...
01-28-2013 06:32 PM
Big Rig Brew is taking in employees from here and giving them hours.
Owner says they will rebuild but this is terrible. :(
01-28-2013 06:36 PM
I have never even heard of this place, but on twitter everyone is devastated. Sens players and lots of hockey media are very upset.
01-28-2013 06:54 PM
Cool move by big rig.
01-28-2013 08:21 PM
I saw Heatley there one time so it was probably for the best.