An early morning fire caused significant damage to the Galway Bay Irish Restaurant and Pub building in Ocean Shores today, but fire crews stopped the blaze before it damaged much of the main pub area.
Lt. Brian Ritter with the Ocean Shores Fire Department said crews responded at about 5:22 a.m. today to find flames in the north end of the building, which was undergoing renovation. No one was in the building and no injuries were reported.
The middle section, which used to contained several small storefronts, was completely gutted and charged by the fast-moving flames. Fire officials had cordoned off the area as they investigated the cause. Several windows were smashed out and smoke detectors continued to sounds inside the building.
The main area of the restaurant sustained some heat and smoke damage. Ritter said crews successfully stopped the flames from spreading to the furnished areas of the building. No cause was immediately available as the fire remained under investigation.
Owner Bill Gibbons said fire officials had not yet allowed him inside the building to survey the damage, but he thanked the fire crews for stopping the fire in the vacant end of the building. Gibbons hoped to be able to re-open the restaurant by the end of the week.
“The Ocean Shores Fire Department did a great job … by basically containing (the fire),” he said.