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Investigators say they plan to know Friday just what caused a major fire in downtown Richmond on Thursday.

Police say the Paddy Wagon Irish Pub and an upstairs apartment were destroyed in that fire.

People inside the apartment say they fled after being awakened by a smoke alarm. There were no injuries reported.

Damage was also reported at a a neighboring saloon called "Whiskey."

The fire and intense smoke closed down Main Street in Richmond all day Thursday and overnight. Firefighters were concerned the building may collapse.

As of Friday Main Street has been re-opened after being shut down for nearly 24 hours. Officials say traffic leading into downtown Richmond is now operating as usual.

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  • by Jon Location: Richmond on Apr 20, 2007 at 06:28 AM
    Why are you glamourizing the Virginia Tech murderer? Why are you posting and playing his speach and showing pictures of him holding guns? This is exactly what he wanted. Do you suppose the victims wanted this? This is completely insensitive and cruel. In fact, other crazy people who watch this non-sense will be inspired to out-do this creep. Please show some compasion and decency for the victims of cruel crimes.
  • by karen Location: ohio on Apr 14, 2007 at 12:47 PM
    The Paddy Wagon was more than a Pub! Not everyone that went in there drank either! It was just a great place to hang out and talk, play pool and have fun. Chuck and Greg and all the employees had something special going. Hope they rebuild better than ever. What ever it takes their friends and families will make it happen!
  • by Kentucky Boy Location: Kentucky on Apr 14, 2007 at 06:24 AM
    Lets not forget the friendships and memories of the place when it was Silver Star and Razzles. Long before it was the Patty Wagon. Good Times at both places
  • by Carey P Location: Richmond on Apr 13, 2007 at 01:34 PM
    Yes, it was a beautiful addition to downtown but let's not forget that there were people who lived above the establishment that also suffered and lost everything. In times of tragedy, we should be reaching out helping those who have lost. My thoughts are with the people who lived in the buildings and the owners of the pub.
  • by Dave on Apr 13, 2007 at 12:44 PM
    Rob, there are many bars in town we could do without and this isnt one of them. This was the nicest bar in town, and was ran by very nice people. And if you aint out drinking what the **** are you doing out at 1 am?
  • by Amy Location: Richmond on Apr 13, 2007 at 12:23 PM
    I hope that Chuck and Greg rebuild this Pub. I know that it will be hard, but everyone in this community is willing to roll up their sleeves and help in any way. I hope you know what an impact you all have had on this community. My heart and prayers are with you. I guess we are all going to have to go back to Ireland to get some replacements. Anytime you are going Chuck let me and my brother know...
  • by rob Location: richmond on Apr 13, 2007 at 08:58 AM
    hate to see it but richmond already has enought bars and does nothing positive for the peolple aroiund except make them nervous after 1:00am looking out for a potential dui driver to hurt a loved one.
  • by sam Location: richmond on Apr 12, 2007 at 08:56 PM
    im so hurt by this news the paddy wagon was my favorite bar im also sorry for the owners richmond will greive this loss for along time to come
  • by PAUL JONES Location: RICHMOND on Apr 12, 2007 at 05:27 PM
    I hope THE WHISKEY is not close down because me and my friends wanted to go see POWND rock the house.
  • by gary Location: wellington fl on Apr 12, 2007 at 02:52 PM
    sorry about the fire, friends and I return every year for Homecoming. We found the bar a nice addition to Richmond...hope they rebuild
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