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Fire destroys popular Morristown restaurant, bar


Investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire at a popular restaurant in Shelby County.

The Long Branch Saloon and Bluebird restaurant on US 52 in Morristown went up in flames Sunday night.

The owners believe the fire started behind the bar. The restaurants were full of customers when the fire started. Everyone was able to get out safely.

On Morristown's Main Street, it was more than a burning building Sunday night. Marjorie Tracy stood by and watched as firefighters fought the blaze.

"It's very heartbreaking. Just no words to say," she said.

The Longbranch saloon and Bluebird Restaurants are blood, sweat, and tears for the Tracy family, owners for forty-two years.

David Tracy says he's not sure what happened, but it started behind the bar, said his daughter Donna.

The restaurants were full Sunday night, with a nursing home Christmas party, when Larry Tracy noticed something.

"I smelled something.  I said, 'That's not right.' So I stepped into the back room and smelled smoke and looked up and oh - there's smoke rolling."

He used a fire extinguisher but to no good.

"That's when the roof was already coming down and I got some stuff on my nose and my lip and it was burning hot there.  Too hot too fast," Tracy said.

They got their customers out to safety.  Many surrounding fire departments rushed in, including eight departments from three counties.  At one point firefighters were ordered out of the building for their safety.

The investigation is ongoing.

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