By Brenda Waters

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DAWSON, Pa. (KDKA) — An American flag survived a fire that destroyed a bar in Dawson, Fayette County early Friday morning.

Crews were called to the building that houses Chubboy’s Tavern, in the 700 block of River Road, shortly before 2 a.m.

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Dawson Volunteer Fire Company 2nd Captain Steven Swiger said the fire was already through the roof when the first crews arrived. The flames and smoke were so intense, firefighters could not get inside the building.

“It was a fully engulfed commercial structure fire.  It was through the roof, from the get-go. It was pretty much a surround and drown, couldn’t make any entry into it,” Swiger said.

He said the building is a total loss.

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“The only thing we seen that we could salvage was an American flag that was at the entrance of the building,” said Swiger.

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Chubboy’s was once a night club, but was recently purchased by another owner and remodeled. It was becoming a popular spot for drinks and food.

“It’s an old building to us, but it’s a new business to everybody,” Swiger said.

Chubboy’s was closed at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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