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Area business ravaged by fire, closed until further notice

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PRINCETON, W. Va (WVVA)-- A popular area pub is closed after a fire damaged the inside.

Lt. Beeman with East River Volunteer Fire Department tells WVVA fire burned Leo's Pub, in the Melrose area near Princeton Sunday night just before 5:30 PM.

Beeman says the blaze began in the kitchen area, but its cause is under investigation. Nothing stood out to him as immediately suspicious about it, he said.

The business was closed at the time, and no one was inside. No injuries happened in the incident.

When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the building, Beeman said. 

While firefighters were able to save the structure of the building, the business's owner tells WVVA it's moderately burned on the inside and they can not re-open because of the damage. 

Employees gathered around the business after it happened to mourn the loss, however temporary, of their working place. For now, they have no place to work.

The business owner tells WVVA she is in a state of shock, and since she does not own the building, she isn't sure what her next steps will be.

Lt. Beeman says the building would have been completely destroyed if not for fire crews' quick response time.

WVVA spoke with residents who say they loved Leo's Pub because friends could gather there like family, and they're sad to see this happened.

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