Mount Arlington_Pub 199, a local landmark located on Howard Blvd., burned to the ground Friday, in an early morning fire, despite the efforts of six local fire departments, including Mount Arlington.
"The cause of the fire is uncertain and there is no indication of foul play," said spokesperson Tom Zelante, first assistant Prosecutor with the Morris County Prosecutors office. Detectives from Mount Arlington worked in conjunction with the Morris County Prosecutor's office at the scene.
According to Mount Arlington Fire Chief Steve Norman, about 60 firemen from five surrounding towns responded to the three alarm fire, including Picatinny Arsenal, Jefferson Co. #2, Roxbury Co. #1 and #2, Netcong and Budd Lake. According to the Mount Arlington Police Department, a fire alarm in the building alerted authorities. The call to the fire department went out at 4:15 AM, said Chief Norman.
The entire building was touched by the fire, completly destroying both dinning rooms and the bar area. The fire burned through the floor in the main dinning area, collapsing into a basement storage area. The roof above the kitchen area, though severely damaged, did not collapse.
Pub 199 owner George Markou, center, walks through the remains of his restaurant with Mount Arlington detectives and county investigators.
A member of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Arson Unit inspects the remains of Pub 199.
The remains of Pub 199, after an early morning fire.
The remains of Pub 199, after an early morning fire.
Pub 199 on Howard Blvd. remains.

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