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Stubborn fire destroys former restaurant in Newtown

A stubborn fire has destroyed a closed restaurant in Newtown.  The Friday morning fire at 130 Mt Pleasant Road took more than four hours to extinguish.  The fire at the former McGuire’s Ale House was first reported around 9:30am.  All five of Newtown’s volunteer fire companies, Newtown police officers, and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded, along with multiple mutual aid companies. Two portable ponds were set up to provide water to the scene.  An excavator was brought in to pull down sections that had not collapsed during the fire.  No injuries were reported. Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company was among those responding with mutual aid, first to help with the water supply and then to provide station coverage at Dodgingtown's firehouse.  A suction hose was used to pull water from a pond because extra water was needed. Stony Hill noted that cold days call for extra manpower at fire scenes, and in the middle of a work day it is even more important to call on neighboring departments to get the job done. 

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