A car crashed into the Four Courts Irish pub in Arlington around 6.45pm on Friday, injuring 14 people, eight of whom were hospitalized.
The crash occurred when a vehicle “turned off N. Courthouse Road and drove very quickly into the building,” Dave Cahill, general manager of Four Courts in Ireland, told ARLnow.
The car entered the building about 20 feet before catching fire. It would eventually require a two-alarm response from the Arlington Fire Department to extinguish the fire.
The crash occurred while eating and the building was evacuated after the crash occurred and the fire started. Of the 14 injured in the crash, six were treated at the scene by paramedics.
The rest of the victims needed more serious medical care. Four people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, while another four, who were in the pub for happy hour at the office, were hospitalized with serious injuries.
“We all heard a bang, an explosion, so I just turned around and saw all the rubble coming to the back of the pub. So it was just pure panic… I thought the whole place was going to explode,” server Mary Reilly told NBC 4.
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Mr Cahill told ARLnow that although the front of the restaurant was badly damaged, the rear of the restaurant and kitchen were untouched.
At about 9:30 p.m., police announced that although it was unfit for reoccupation, the building was still structurally sound.
The total loss car was removed from the building early Saturday morning.