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The early morning sun allows a first look at the damage to My Dad’s Place bar on S.R. 19 at Simonton Lake Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Firefighters from four departments were called shortly before 5 a.m. to reports of the bar being fully involved in fire. The fire was under control shortly after 6:30 a.m. according to Osolo firefighter Randy Stone. One firefighter was transported to Elkhart General Hospital, but the injuries are said to be minor according to Stone. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Osolo Township firefighters spray water on the facade of My Dad’s Place bar at 51425 S.R. 19, Elkhart, just west of Simonton Lake Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. and was fully involved upon arrival. Bristol, Cleveland Township and Porter Township departments assisted Osolo on scene. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. One firefighter was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with minor injuries. Authorities are waiting for the State Fire Marshal investigator to arrive on scene. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Early morning light shows the destroyed bar at My Dad’s Place at 51425 S.R. 19, Elkhart, just west of Simonton Lake as firefighters continue to work the scene Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. and was fully involved upon arrival. Bristol, Cleveland Township and Porter Township departments assisted Osolo on scene. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. One firefighter was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with minor injuries. Authorities are waiting for the state fire marshal investigator to arrive on scene. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Osolo Township firefighters spray water on the facade of My Dad’s Place bar at 51425 S.R. 19, Elkhart, just west of Simonton Lake Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. and was fully involved upon arrival. Bristol, Cleveland Township and Porter Township departments assisted Osolo on scene. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. One firefighter was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with minor injuries. Authorities are waiting for the state fire marshal investigator to arrive on scene. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Osolo firefighters work at the back of the building at My Dad’s Place bar at 51425 S.R. 19, Elkhart, just west of Simonton Lake Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. and was fully involved upon arrival. Bristol, Cleveland Township and Porter Township departments assisted Osolo on scene. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. One firefighter was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with minor injuries. Authorities are waiting for the state fire marshal investigator to arrive on scene. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Water pours from the facade of My Dad’s Place bar at 51425 S.R. 19, Elkhart, just west of Simonton Lake as firefighters continue to work the scene Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. and was fully involved upon arrival. Bristol, Cleveland Township and Porter Township departments assisted Osolo on scene. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. One firefighter was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with minor injuries. Authorities are waiting for the state fire marshal investigator to arrive on scene. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

A firefighter is seen through the charred building at My Dad’s Place bar at 51425 S.R. 19, Elkhart, just west of Simonton Lake Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. and was fully involved upon arrival. Bristol, Cleveland Township and Porter Township departments assisted Osolo on scene. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. One firefighter was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with minor injuries. Authorities are waiting for the state fire marshal investigator to arrive on scene. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

An Osolo Township firefighter looks into the interior of the gutted building at My Dad’s Place bar at 51425 S.R. 19, Elkhart, just west of Simonton Lake Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. and was fully involved upon arrival. Bristol, Cleveland Township and Porter Township departments assisted Osolo on scene. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. One firefighter was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with minor injuries. Authorities are waiting for the state fire marshal investigator to arrive on scene. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Osolo Township firefighters spray water on the facade of My Dad’s Place bar at 51425 S.R. 19, Elkhart, just west of Simonton Lake Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. and was fully involved upon arrival. Bristol, Cleveland Township and Porter Township departments assisted Osolo on scene. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. One firefighter was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with minor injuries. Authorities are waiting for the state fire marshal investigator to arrive on scene. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Fire destroys My Dad’s Place
Posted on Jan. 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 12, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.

ELKHART — An early Saturday morning fire destroyed My Dad’s Place, a bar at 51425 S.R. 19, west of Simonton Lake.

The Osolo Township Fire Department responded to the call at 4:52 a.m. Saturday with reports of the building being “fully involved” according to Osolo firefighter Randy Stone. Upon arrival they “encountered heavy fire and we had to make a defensive attack,” he said.

“At no point could we go offensive there’s just too much fire in the beginning,” Stone said. Firefighters from the town of Bristol and Cleveland and Porter townships assisted at the scene.

The fire was under control by 6:33 a.m., Stone said. No one was in the building at the time of the fire and no civilians were injured.

“There was one firefighter transported to the hospital. I understand he is going to be OK,” Stone said.

After the news of the fire hit the Internet, locals sounded off on social media, including Facebook user KathyJo Mayer-Strukel who commented that it was “sad to lose another Simonton Lake landmark.”

Facebook user Nancy Nicholas mentioned that she glanced at the bar as she left Pete’s Simonton Lake Tavern on Friday night.

“What a shame,” she wrote. “For some people, establishments like My Dad’s Place, Pete’s, Barney’s Bar, Hunter’s Place, Hoppers are where some people retreat at the end of the day to meet with friends.”

The fire at My Dad’s Place is still under investigation.