Updated at 10:14 p.m. —
Firefighters are saying Ted’s Swinging Door Bar & Grill in Wyoming, Iowa is a total loss after it caught fire.
According to former fire chief, current firefighter, Allen Willman, the Wyoming Volunteer Fire Company got a the call shortly after noon on Sunday, July 21, 2013.
Willman said upon arrival, the entire restaurant was consumed with smoke. The haze prevented firefighters from entering until they put on air packs. Eight departments helped control the fire, which was about a four-hour process. The building has steel siding, which made the fire tougher to extinguish.
“It’s a lot of memories,” said lifetime resident of Wyoming, Albert Storm. “[There were] a lot of good times in the old tavern. Everybody’s going to miss the place.”
Next-door to Ted’s Swinging Door Bar & Grill is the Wyoming Historical Museum, which Willman said appears to be alright.
“A lot of people in this community worked very hard to build that up and we wanted to make sure that we could, if at all possible, we could save it for them,” said Willman. “It looks like they saved most of their stuff.”
No major injuries have been reported, and the cause of the fire is unknown.
Willman, who has been a Wyoming resident for 64-years, said Ted’s Swinging Door Bar & Grill was a staple to the community.
“You hate to lose anything in a small town, especially a place where people meet; and it was a place where people can go after work and they served great food there,” he said. “So it’s a loss to our community.”
Updated at 5:42 p.m. —
Eight departments responded to the fire at Ted’s Swinging Door Bar & Grill on Sunday.
One of the many firefighters on scene is 40-years-old and said the restaurant had been there for as long as he can remember.
Updated at 4:01 p.m. —
Fire crews said the fire began at Ted’s Swinging Door Bar & Grill shortly after noon on Sunday. It is estimated that the the restaurant is a total loss, and crews were knocking down walls to remove hot spots around 4 p.m.
Original story published on Sunday July 21, 2013 at 1:57 p.m. —
A structure fire broke out on Main Street in Wyoming, Iowa.
According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, the fire, which broke out on Sunday, July 21, 2013, required assistance from other departments.
The fire is at Ted’s Swinging Door Bar & Grill. The bar is in a building connected to the Hotel Williams Wyoming Historical Museum (which is next-door to the east of the bar), and east of that (in the same building) is the Wyoming Public Library.
More details will be added as information becomes available.