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Punxsy Hotel destroyed by fire

December 10, 2011

Firefighters from several local companies battled an intense fire that destroyed the Punxsy Hotel early Saturday morning. The building also housed Smuggler's Inn. (Photo by Tom Chapin)

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Firefighters from several local companies battled an intense blaze that destroyed the Punxsy Hotel Restaurant & Lounge, North Findley Street, early Saturday morning.

The fire was called in as smoke emanating from the Smuggler's Inn – housed at the rear of the same structure – around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Within minutes, police reported that flames were visible, and within an hour, the flames were emerging from the windows and front doors.

Shortly after 4 a.m., the north and south walls of the upper floors collapsed, damaging three vehicles parked near the building.

No injuries were reported, as the business was closed at the time of the fire, and there were no guests booked in the rooms upstairs.

Punxsutawney Fire Chief Paul Hense said one firefighter suffered minor injuries after being struck by debris that had fallen from the building.

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate.

Ken and Toie Neal have owned the Punxsy Hotel since 1973.

Check www.punxsutawneyspirit.com and Monday's print edition of The Spirit for more.

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