Melvin bar fire traced to electrical problem

Melvin bar fire traced to electrical problem

MELVIN — The state fire marshal’s office has determined that an electrical problem caused a fire last week at a bar in downtown Melvin, according to Melvin Fire Chief Larry Boundy.

Boundy said Wednesday that an investigator for the fire marshal’s office also determined that the fire started in an office in the basement toward the front of the building.

Boundy, who works as a snow-plow driver for the village of Melvin, said he was plowing snow in downtown Melvin when he noticed “flames coming out of the front windows” of the bar — Bubba’s Bar and Grill, 103 W. Main St. — around 3:15 a.m.

An estimated 30 firefighters from four area fire departments responded.

No one was inside the bar, which had closed at 10:30 the night before, Boundy said.

The building received “substantial fire and water damage,” Sheriff Mark Doran said. The damage was limited to the first floor and basement, Boundy said.