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.
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...