- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) - A fire chief say a grease fire likely sparked a blaze that burned down a popular western Pennsylvania tavern.

Residents in Wayne Township, near Ellwood City, say they’ve frequented The Ranch for more than 50 years.

Township Fire Chief Wes Cunningham says the fire burned through the roof, caused two walls to collapse and caused about $200,000 damage early Thursday afternoon.

A state police fire marshal was investigating, but Cunningham said it appears a grease fire in the kitchen spread.

The owners have said they don’t have insurance and were unsure whether they’ll rebuild.

Two people were inside the business when the fire broke out, but got out safely.

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