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Investigation continues into Friday fire at O'Shea's in Quincy

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Investigators continue to search for the cause of a Friday night fire at O'Shea's Bar and Grill in Quincy.

Crews responded to the scene at 339 Cedar around 9:40 p.m. to find heavy smoke was pouring from the roof of O'Shea's Bar and Grill. The business was open at the time, but Quincy firefighters say everyone made it out safely. 

Michael Brommer was inside the bar at the time the fire broke out.

"The place filled up with smoke and the waitresses and bartenders were saying you need to get out of there, we knew there was something definitely happening," said Brommer.

Stan Whelan, co-owner of O'Shea's, said the upstairs was a vacant apartment at the time, and had not been occupied in a while.

Whelan says he is devastated about the fire and promises customers he will do whatever it takes to get O'Shea's back up and running.

"The word O'Shea's I think has really gotten out on the town and we serve good food and good service, and we'll definitely be back," said Whelan. 

Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning says that when crews arrived on the scene, two different fire crews found two different fires up in the ceiling, and eventually the 2-alarm fire was raised to a 4-alarm fire.

"We went ahead and called a fourth alarm just because we had crews on their second air tank already, and we needed bodies to refresh them," said Chief Henning.

Chief Henning says despite a few gusts of wind, crews were not especially worried about the fire spreading to nearby buildings.

"Fortunately with this building you have a street on two sides you have a parking lot on the north side and a pretty good distance to the west exposure so it wasn't a real big concern. We did have some heavy fire with the wind coming out of the south east, because it was blowing that direction but nothing that gave us a big concern of exposure," said Chief Henning.

Henning says fire crews had the fire under control by 10:30 p.m.

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