Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery was one of several businesses damaged in fire that occurred early this morning in Athens, Ohio.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, most of the city block was damaged in the blaze that firefighters were called to at 4:11 a.m. The fire continued to burn for hours before finally being contained to one building around 10 a.m. As a result of the blaze, four students were injured, with three treated for minor injuries and one transported to the hospital. In addition, a police officer and a fireman suffered injuries, but their condition is unknown.
The newspaper reports that along with Jackie O’s, four other businesses were damaged: The Union, Kismet, Campus Sundry and Smoke Zone Smoke Shop. The fire also force out 30 students who lived in apartments above several of the businesses.
While reports indicate that Jackie O’s was not the most heavily damaged, there are multiple reports of unknown water damage. Owner Art Oestrike told The Post that the brewery will continue to serve beer for the time being, but that Jackie O’s Public House restaurant and food operations at the BrewPub will be closed for a “long time.” In addition, bread made by Jackie O’s which is used by various restaurants, food trucks and caterers cannot be made due to the damage to the kitchen.
Tenemu has emailed the brewery for comment. At least two hours after the fire was contained, the brewery’s Twitter account was tweeting about an event.
— Jackie O's Brewery (@JackieosBrewery) November 16, 2014
The brewery was founded in March 2006. Last year, Jackie O’s started canning and bottling its beers, which are now distributed across the state of Ohio.