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New Haven Pub To Be Torn Down After Fire

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UPDATE: Whalley Avenue, between Blake Street and Tour Avenue, will remain closed to vehicles and pedestrians until further notice after last night's fire. A small section of Central Avenue, between Fountain Street and Whalley Avenue, is also closed.

Eastbound traffic driving towards downtown New Haven on Whalley Avenue will be redirected to Blake Street with a detour set up around the closed area. Westbound traffic will be redirected onto Fountain Street.

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Crews remain on the scene of the fire at Delaney's Tavern in New Haven.

The fire started Monday evening, and smoke remained visible throughout Tuesday morning.

As of noon Tuesday, Fire Chief Allyn Wright says no cause has been determined because the gas supply still had not been cut off. Southern Connecticut Gas crews are being forced to cut off the gas from Whalley Avenue because the restaurant supply is still buried beneath the rubble.

Once it is confirmed that the gas is no longer flowing, the remainder of this century old building will be taken down.

Chief Wright said local businesses may still be without power into Tuesday evening.

The fire also destroyed the apartments above the restaurant, leaving some tenants homeless.

Roughly 50 firefighters responded to the scene, and three had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Owner Peter Gremse says the decision to rebuild is up to the building's owners, but he would like to see Delaney's come back in the future.

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