Fire Destroys Historic Delco Tavern

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Overnight, a grease fire demolished the Toll House Tavern in Norwood, Delaware County. (Published Thursday, Jun 12, 2014)

    A fire gutted a popular neighborhood tavern overnight in Delaware County.

    Flames tore through the historic Toll House Tavern along Chester Pike (U.S. Route 13) at McKinley Avenue in Norwood, Pa.

    According to the tavern’s Facebook page, there was Quizzo at the bar Wednesday night. A little after midnight, an apparent grease fire began in the kitchen and quickly spread into the ventilation system, according to firefighters.

    The intense flames caused the roof to collapse and left firefighters on the outside looking in as they tried to douse the flames. It would take more two hours to extinguish the flames.

    All the workers and patrons made it out OK. Norwood Fire Chief Chris Givens said the only injury was to a firefighter who hurt his knee.

    By sunrise, crews began tearing down the badly damaged bar, which opened in 1961. Fencing is expected to be put up around the charred remains so crews can continue demolition.

    A message posted to the tavern's Facebook page stated that the owners were happy no one was hurt in the fire:

    "Can not believe the Toll House is gone! Thank you to all of our great customers who have made this a fun place to go for 52 years. So many memories and good friends."

    Fire officials said an exact cause is pending further investigation.