Fire fight at Connor's Family Restaurant

Darrell Cole & Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - Amherst firefighters were called to a fire at a South Albion Street restaurant just before 9:30 p.m. Monday night.

Connor's Family Restaurant was heavily damaged by the blaze that appears to have originated in the rear of the building. It was discovered by staff, who evacuated the lone customer and called 911.

"This place has been our life," owner Sport MacDougall said while watching firefighters work on the building. "It's hard to watch. I lost my dad nearly five years ago and now I've lost this."

MacDougall is thankful his two employees and the customer were able to get out safely.

The business was opened by Rod MacDougall in 1988 and operated as a Smitty's Restaurant for many years before becoming Connor's several years ago.

The fire comes at a bad time as the restaurant was just gearing up for the busy summer season with a number of tours having already made reservations.

He plans to assess the damage Tuesday before deciding what to do next.

The building is insured.

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Organizations: DAILY NEWS

Geographic location: Amherst, South Albion Street

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  • Grace Potter
    May 17, 2011 - 10:27

    Very sorry to hear about this tragic fire, thankful no one was hurt. Feel bad for the whole family, Chrissie, Sport, Sandra & Mark, hopefully the restaurant will be restored again.

  • Tuesdaymoring blue
    May 17, 2011 - 07:31

    So sorry

  • sLJm
    May 17, 2011 - 07:20

    I am so sorry to hear about this. A young family whose done so much for the community and worked so hard. What a shame

  • Reader
    May 16, 2011 - 22:46

    Connors is one of the very few good restaurants left operating in Amherst that is worth waiting for your food. This misfortunate event i imagine will put some nice people out of work for a while but Hopefully this place comes back stronger then ever! I Would hate to see it go.

    • friend
      May 17, 2011 - 07:28

      I agree, I love this spot, and the persoanality of the girls, and especially Sandra is second to none. It's a good family atmosphere, and the food is perfect!- (no weird stuff, as my 5 yr old says) Sport and Sandra- you guys aways rise way above, and I know you will do just that.