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In January of 2022, Newtown, CT was home to a raging inferno. The building that was most recently the home to McGuire’s Ale House burned to the ground. A host of local Fire Departments battled the blaze, with smoke clouds being seen for miles.

Exploring the Aftermath of the Hideous Inferno at Newtown’s McGuire’s Ale House

According to our earlier reports, the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company was the first on the scene, followed by Newtown Hook & Ladder 114. The Firefighter battled a massive blaze at the Newtown building that was once McGuire’s Ale House and Hot Shots II. The F.D.’s brought in an attack line, to fight against the flames and the roof came down.
 
The dramatic day became big news with locals sharing pictures and videos all over social media. While the Fire Departments were able to finish off the flames, the building was destroyed. 

When the story broke, I was talking about it and people started to call with their memories of McGuire’s Ale House and Hot Shots II. One of the arguments that sprung up became whether or not Hot Shots II had a live lobster claw game. Like a teddy bear claw game that you might find in Dave & Busters, there are machines that are similar. The machine lets you attempt to claw a live lobster out of the tank for a fistful of quarters. I’m still not convinced there ever was one.

The day of the fire, our sister station was sent a video of it from one of our listeners that was passing by.

The listener goes by "Daverunsforpizza" and he's really active on the Instagram page.

This is what we do here, we have eyes and ears everywhere. There is no slipping one past us, it just does not happen, unless I'm on vacation. I'm human after all, I'm not walking off the beach to collect and distribute fire videos when I'm chilling super hard.

Shelton Rec Center is the Site of a Decommissioned U.S. Missile Defense Base

The recreation center on Mohegan Road in Shelton, CT is all fun and games now but was once the site of some serious business. Shelton is not the only town in CT with a frightening Cold War past, Ansonia and Fairfield boast similar remains.

Former Brewster Bar Now a Popular Gourmet Bakery Called 'General Bakeshop'

Back in April of 2021, I noticed some signs of life in a building I, and so many other Brewster people are familiar with. Construction was underway at a former bar known as “Norm’s.” Right around that time, I wrote an article about the bar’s history and looked forward to see what would come of the space. The building recently began it’s new chapter and I had to go down and check out the new General Bakeshop to see how the work came out and how the food was. 

Nuclear Lake in Pawling, NY Has an Explosive History

Nuclear Lake is not just a clever name, it's a literal one. Tucked away in the woods of Pawling, NY, once sat a secret research facility. On the shores of the 55 acre body of water, were labs conducting experiments, using uranium and plutonium. The Lake can be accessed by anyone walking the Appalachian Trail in Dutchess County, but should it?