- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MACUNGIE, Pa. (AP) - Officials say a fire that scorched an eastern Pennsylvania tavern built nearly three centuries ago started near several commercial freezers toward the rear of the building.

But investigators said Tuesday that they’re still trying to pin down the cause of the blaze at the Buckeye Tavern in Lower Macungie Township. Fire officials have examined the scene and interviewed witnesses, including the building’s owner, Terry Bender.

Bender says he hopes to rebuild the structure.

The fire broke out on May 12 and took firefighters about 90 minutes to control it. No one was hurt in the fire.

The tavern’s original stone walls, restored in 2000, were still standing. But much of the structure was destroyed.

The building housing the tavern was built in 1735.

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