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Garrison Ale House expects to reopen in 6 weeks

The Garrison Ale House will be closed for at least six weeks as the owners repair the popular downtown Fredericton restaurant after a fire caused extensive damage on Friday night.

Fire caused extensive damage to Fredericton restaurant on Friday

The Garrison District Ale House will be closed for roughly six week after a fire damaged the Fredericton restaurant on Friday. (CBC)

The Garrison Ale House will be closed for at least six weeks as the owners repair the popular downtown Fredericton restaurant after a fire caused extensive damage on Friday night.

Doug Williams, the restaurant’s co-owner, said the time frame for re-opening may depend on whether the building's electrical system needs to be replaced.

"I’m guessing we will be closed for a few weeks. It was a serious fire but the indications are that right now that we are in good shape," Williams said.

"We need to work obviously, but we hope to be open in the next few weeks."

In an interview on Monday, Williams said the best-case scenario for the restaurant's re-opening is the end of February. If more work is required, he said it could take three or four months to reopen.

No one was injured in the fire.

An employee noticed a problem with a short circuit in a light at around 10:15 p.m. on Friday. Within minutes, the restaurant was being evacuated.

The Fredericton Fire Department arrived and started fighting the fire, which was trapped inside the wall.

About 30 firefighters were at the downtown building through the night. The fire was deemed under control at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Williams said there was extensive damage to the side of the restaurant that is shared by the Picaroons Brewtique.

Police said the fire started in the bathroom area of the bar in the wall shared with Picaroon's Brewtique. They said they are still investigating what caused the fire.

Williams said the 38 employees will need to be laid off until the restaurant reopens. But he said he will hire some of them for the cleaning and restoration of the 80-year-old building.

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