Locals react after fire closes pub in Palmer Lake

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PALMER LAKE, Colo. — People in Palmer Lake are upset after a popular establishment caught fire, causing three agencies to respond around noon Tuesday.

The fire happened in O’Malley’s Steak Pub, and fire crews said the flames started in the kitchen. There were three employees inside at the time but they were able to get out safely.

Palmer Lake Fire Captain Weston Oesterreicts said they haven’t determined the cause yet, but the fire is under investigation.

“All these emergency vehicles were parking and blocking the road and we were curious. Come to find out there was a fire in the kitchen at O’Malley’s,” said the owner of La Rosa, Marina La Riva.

If you visit Palmer Lake you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t been to O’Malley’s.

“Everybody goes there, lawyers, truck drivers, cadets,” said La Riva. “[The owner of O’Malley’s] opens 365 days a year, rain or shine.”

Jeff Hulsmann, the owner of O’Malley’s, posted about what happened on Facebook.

Locals are hoping the historic restaurant reopens soon.

“It’s a place where you go to know people, meet people, [see] people you haven’t seen in a long time,” said John Cusack, long-time Palmer Lake resident. “There are alternates but this has kind of been the home base for everyone in Palmer Lake for years.”

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