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Investigation: Spontaneous combustion of towels caused Delhi pub fire

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4:30 P.M. MONDAY UPDATE:

DELHI, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Multiple emergency agencies were called to a fire at a Delhi business Monday morning.

According to the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services, flames at O'Neill's Shire Pub, located at 123 Main Street, were reported just after 7:15 a.m.

Monday afternoon, officials said: "The investigation revealed that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the kitchen of the Pub from spontaneous combustion of cleaning towels that were recently laundered."

According to authorities, two upstairs residents were not home at the time of the fire. The Delaware County Department of Emergency Services said the residents' dog and two cats were rescued by firefighters and are safe.

Main Street in Delhi was closed while crews worked at the scene, but has since reopened to traffic. 

County officials said the building suffered heavy smoke and heat damage to the kitchen and bar area. The upstairs apartments suffered smoke damage and some water damage, authorities said. 

Approximately 50 firefighters were called to the scene from several surrounding agencies.

"The Delhi Community businesses and residents came together once again and generously donated food and drinks for all responders," according to a news release. 

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ORIGINAL STORY:

DELHI, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Multiple emergency agencies were called to a fire at a Delhi business Monday morning.

According to the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services, flames at O'Neill's Shire Pub, located at 123 Main Street, were reported just after 7:15 a.m.

Main Street in Delhi was closed while crews worked at the scene, but has since reopened to traffic, officials told 12 News.

Fire departments from Delhi, Bloomville, Bovina and Walton Fire departments were called to the scene. Andes, Hobart and Meridale fire departments were on standby, according to the department emergency services.

Authorities have not said what caused the fire or if anyone was hurt. It's expected that fire officials will release more information later Monday.

The Shire Pub posted the following message on its Facebook page:

We had a fire this morning, it is pretty ugly. No one was hurt all pets are safe and sound. We can't put into words how amazing the work of all the fire departments was this morning. Thank you Thank you Thank you. All the first responders involved today saved our building from ruin, there is no doubt about that. We have a tough time ahead of us but the doors to The Shire will open again as soon as possible!!!

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