Westmont tavern burns overnight

The rear of Tom Fisher's Tavern in Haddon Township's Westmont section caught fire overnight, May 21, 2014. (Philly.com)

A long-standing neighborhood tavern caught fire overnight in Haddon Township, Camden County, with the blaze burning and charring most of the rear of the building just days before the busy Memorial Day weekend.

The fire at Tom Fisher’s Tavern, which is in the township’s Westmont section and next to a PATCO commuter rail overpass, broke out sometime around 3 a.m.  The fire was brought under control about 4 a.m. without any reported injuries.

Shortly after 5 a.m., someone from the county fire marshal’s office was combing the scene, where the rear of the tavern was almost completely destroyed. Papers from an office inside were scattered about. Windows to an apartment on the second floor were smashed.

Westmont Fire Captain John Young, who was also on the scene, said he could not comment until the marshal’s inspection was complete.

The site has been a neighborhood bar for decades.

Check back for details as they develop.