WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A former bar in Warren was destroyed following a fire early Tuesday morning.

According to the Warren Fire Department, crews were called to the old Premier Bar in the 2200 block of Park Avenue around 4:10 a.m. Tuesday. Crews cleared the scene just before 9 a.m.

The bitter cold posed some difficulties in fighting the fire. Salt was spread to help deal with the freezing water on the ground.

“The water that’s all over the scene freezes up, and it’s basically like an ice skating rink for our guys,” said Warren Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Eggleston.

He added that firefighters also had issues with the fire hydrants, which weren’t pumping out the water that they needed.

Eggleston said the bar was deemed a total loss.

Premier Bar had been boarded up in 2020 after complaints from city officials that it was a “nuisance.”

Donald Allgood, who owns the lease to the building, said it had no water, gas or electricity since it has been closed for over a year.

“My reaction once I got here was, ‘Oh my God, it’s gone,'” he said.

He said he had plans to turn it into an arcade.

“It would have been a nice arcade with plenty of games. It would have also had a restaurant in it. We were trying to make it like a Chuck E. Cheese for the neighborhood, try to get something going for kids on honor roll at school to come in and get a free pizza party,” he said.

  • Fire at the former Premier Bar in Warren, Ohio.
  • Fire at the former Premier Bar in Warren, Ohio.
  • Fire at the former Premier Bar in Warren, Ohio.
  • Fire at the former Premier Bar in Warren, Ohio.
  • Fire at the former Premier Bar in Warren, Ohio.
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His goal is now to find another location for the arcade or build a new facility.

“The people have been reaching out to me all morning on Facebook, talking about the building and they’re so sorry this happened because I was trying to do something for the community,” he said.

The State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

The Warren Fire Department has put in an emergency order to get the rest of the structure torn down.

Brian Oehbeck contributed to this report.