Fire in Pasadena causes $300,000 in damage to bar

February 05, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A family-owned tavern on Elizabeth Road in Pasadena was destroyed by an early-morning blaze yesterday, fire officials said.

Bryan Vaughn, 43, and his father, Bill Vaughn, 75, had owned Beezer's tavern for seven years. The son closed the bar about 2 a.m., and about three hours later, firefighters arrived to find the building engulfed in flames.

Insurance officials estimated the damage to the establishment at more than $300,000, Bryan Vaughn said.

"My dad and I have always wanted to [open a tavern], we did it, and this is what happened," Bryan Vaughn said. "We have to start over now."

No injuries were reported in the fire, which took 66 firefighters about 40 minutes to bring under control. The blaze started in the furnace room, investigators believe, but the cause has not been determined.

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