A fire early Thursday morning gutted The Irish Times Bar at 2 E. Galena St. and the Post Bar and Muddy Creek Brewery just to the east.
The fire was reported shortly before 3 a.m. Firefighters were still spraying the smoking buildings at 7 a.m.
Butte-Silver Bow Fire Chief Jeff Miller said "about 35" firefighters battled the blaze during the night. No one was injured.
Miller said it was far too early to determine the cause, or even where the fire started. "The state fire marshal is going to help us out on this one because of the size of the structure," he said.
The roofs were caved in the interiors of the buildings were heavily damaged. Firefighters entered the building but were forced to retreat by the intensity of the fire.
The building at 2 E. Galena St. was built in 1922 to house the Butte Daily Post, which published there from 1923 to 1950.
Designed by longtime Butte architect Herman Kemna, the two-story brick and concrete building was a landmark on South Main Street, admired for its lofty arched windows and classical style.
Through the years, the nearly 100-year-old building housed a doctor's office, a blood bank, and the North American Indian Alliance.
This story will be updated.
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