Blaze Destroys New Haven Pub

Aug 26, 2014

Firefighters are continuing to put out hot spots at a New Haven pub that went up in flames and has been declared a total loss. 

Delaney's Restaurant and Tap Room on Whalley Avenue caught fire on Monday evening. Emergency crews worked through the night into Tuesday morning to put out the blaze.

The fire created thick smoke, which David Sepulveda captured on video as it engulfed the building, and sent what he called "a massive plume into the sky."

Officials believe the fire started in the basement, but the cause remains under investigation.

Authorities said two firefighters were brought to hospitals with smoke inhalation. They're expected to be okay.

Chief Allyn Wright (at left center) had to keep firefighters outside once the second story collapsed.
Credit Paul Bass / New Haven Independent

Delaney's owner Peter Gremse said he got everyone out of the century-old building after he discovered sparks in an electrical box. He said the fire wiped out 15 years of his life he spent running the pub.

Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven in 2010.
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Authorities said ten residents of the building lost their homes.

This report includes information from The Associated Press.