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Published on June 21, 2024
Historic Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Beverly Grove Temporarily Closes Due to Fire Damage, Owner Vows to ReopenSource: Google Street View

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, an establishment woven into the fabric of Beverly Grove for nearly 60 years, suffered significant damage due to a fire on Thursday afternoon. The Los Angeles Fire Department swiftly contained the blaze that erupted at the popular local spot on the 500 block of South Fairfax Avenue. According to the LAFD, the emergency call, which was the department's 774th of the day, came in at around 1:17 p.m., and crews arrived to find heavy flames at the front entryway of the 3,500 square-foot pub. LAFD responders were able to prevent the intense fire from extending into the 95-year-old brick building, managing to extinguish the fire without any reported injuries.

Owner Damien Hanlon was alerted to the unfortunate event by neighbors, and while the establishment sustained considerable damage, he expressed immense gratitude for the work of the firefighters. "They were saying, ‘Hey man! Your place is on fire! Come back! Get up here!’” Hanlon recounted in a statement given to KTLA. By the time he arrived, the flames had been extinguished, and the bar stood still standing, a testament to the rapid response of the LAFD.

While no injuries were reported, the fire has forced the pub to close its doors for an indeterminate number of months as Hanlon plans to rebuild the cherished local haunt. "Everything here has sentimental value," said Hanlon, who also mentioned his intention to contact the insurance company for the business, as reported by CBS Los Angeles. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but initial assessments indicate that it started outside and was not electrical in nature.

Molly Malone's is known for more than just pints and pub fare; it's a venue where live music, laid-back vibes, and community camaraderie have thrived over the years. Though the damage is severe, Hanlon is already looking toward the future with hopes to reopen the business within a few months. “We’ll be back for you guys! Just hang in there with us. We can’t wait to see you. Thanks for all your support,” Hanlon reassured loyal customers, according to KTLA. The outpouring of community support stands as a clear signal of Molly Malone’s significance to the patrons and the larger Fairfax District.