This is supposed to be one of Varga Bar's busiest times of the year, given that it's Philly Beer Week and the Washington Square West corner restaurant-bar has related events on the calendar.
But from what chef Evan Turney says, he and staffers are counting themselves fortunate that no one was injured in a fire early Sunday morning at 10th and Spruce Streets.
He said they were cleaning up about 1:30 a.m. after a street festival when sparks and flames shot from the electrical panel.
"We knocked it down," Turney said of the fire. "We thought we had it out. But then flames were as high as I am tall. I can't imagine what would have happened if [the fire had started during the block party] when there were 500 people around."