Fire damages downtown Jamestown landmarks

JAMESTOWN – The immediate future for The Pub and Lisciandro’s is unknown today after fire badly damaged the downtown landmarks Sunday evening.

Jamestown Fire Department personnel were called to the scene on North Main Street shortly before 7 p.m. after several passers-by reported seeing flames inside The Pub, which is not open on Sundays.

Upon arrival, smoke could be seen pouring out of the restaurant’s front door and window, both of which firefighters had broken to vent. Crews continued venting the building by breaking all of the second-floor windows above both The Pub and Lisciandro’s.

John Lisciandro, owner of the restaurant bearing his name at 207 N. Main St., said the upstairs has been vacant since he and his wife opened their business in 1962.

“There’s no power, no water,” he said, adding that it used to house an unemployment office, and before that, a hair salon.

John Lisciandro said he received a call from an employee who lives down the street from the restaurant, telling him that it was on fire. John Lisciandro’s son, Sam, manages The Pub, and found out about the fire when Jamestown Police called him.

Police and fire vehicles filled North Main Street between Second and Third streets, closing them for hours. Second Street in front of the Jamestown Post-Journal was also closed from Cherry Street through the intersection with North Main Street.

Spectators lined North Main Street on the opposite side of the restaurants watching crews extinguish the blaze.

Reaction poured in on social media sites throughout the night. Several fans of the Jamestown Post-Journal on Facebook expressed their sorrow while dozens of others shared pictures and video of the fire.

“Hate to see a landmark place like this go up in flames,” Kevin Anderson said.

“Lisciandro’s was always one of my favorite restaurants, when I lived in Jamestown! Hope they can salvage it!” Duane Deming commented.

“(Love) and prayers to the Lisciandro family,” Melissa Moore said.

Fire crews remained on the scene for several hours following the original call, with the fire extinguished by 9 p.m.

The investigation is continuing.