YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – There is nothing left but memories of a south side Youngstown bar, which closed a few years ago.
Larry’s Lounge caught fire around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The fire was bright and shot flames throughout the building. The smoke could be seen for miles.
Firefighters went through the building to make sure there were no homeless people who had been living inside. Then, the firefighters were called out to stand back and just watch it burn.
“Basically, it wasn’t worth the threat to our guys to put them at risk for something that basically needed to go anyway, cause it was a vacant building and it was no longer being used or anything,” said Youngstown Battalion Chief Charlie Smith.
Brenda Reed said she was shocked when she got the phone call about the building’s end.
“It took everything out of me to come home to see this,” she said.
Brenda Reed’s father was Larry Senior. She said he bought the place in 1987 and got a liquor license the following year.
The bar became famous on Youngstown’s south side.
“There’s plenty of memories here,” she said. “We had mayors; we had entertainers; you name it. They came up here and enjoyed themselves in the place to be.”
Tyrone Chatman remembered those good times. He also remembered some violence which had happened outside.
“A couple people might shed a couple tears. Some might not,” he said. “Some might laugh. Some might be happy. Some might be sad, but it was a good bar to us over here.”
Larry Senior passed away in 2006, and the family lost the bar two years after that.
His daughter, Brenda, grabbed a brick from the rubble to save to go along with her memories, which will last forever.
“The place to be, that’s all I can say,” she said. “It was extraordinary, extraordinary.”
The fire department stopped putting water on the burned-out building at noon Tuesday. Then, the street department took over and cleared the bricks off of Hillman Street so the road could reopen.
The corner of Dewey and Hillman will become a vacant lot.