A fire gutted the A & P Bar and Grill in Sandpoint Thursday morning.

Around 9 a.m. the Sandpoint Fire Department responded to the scene and started battling the blaze.

"The owner was in the basement, and when she came upstairs she saw smoke and called 9-1-1," Sandpoint Fire Chief Robert Tyler said.

By the time first responders made their way into the bar. Flames had quickly spread from the first floor into the attic.

"It took awhile for us to get everything taken care of," Tyler said.

As the flames settled it didn't take long to determine the building was a total loss.

Neighboring businesses had to be evacuated but thanks to firewalls no other buildings were damaged and no one was injured in the fire.

As the news spread throughout Sandpoint, residents came from all over to see the damage firsthand.

"It's a small town, news travels fast, there's only so many places in town," Tim Rickert said.

There's no word yet on what caused the fire and its known whether the owner intends to rebuild.