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A pesky fire that a restaurant owner thought he put out with a fire extinguisher about 3 a.m. Sunday ended up destroying his Clarence pub later that morning.

State police based in Clarence and Amherst fire dispatchers said the cause of the fire at Marvin’s Bar & Grill, 7675 Goodrich Road, is still under investigation. But it appears to have started between the walls of the building because of embers from a wood-burning fireplace that traveled up a faulty ventilation pipe.

The five-alarm fire was reported about 7:45 a.m., with fire companies from Clarence Center, Clarence, East Amherst, Newstead and Rapids responding. One firefighter suffered a minor injury when he was struck in head by falling ceiling tiles, according to dispatchers. He was treated in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst.

Fire investigators placed the loss at $400,000 to the building and $100,000, contents.

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