On Christmas Day 2003, part of the pub was destroyed by fire. The fire started because wooden blocks caught fire due to the radiation heat of the stove.
At Christmas night many inhabitants of Eizeringen gathered after the midnight mass. A bit before 5 o'clock in the morning the last guest went back home. Four hours later a neighbour of the bar called Kurt because smoke was rising up through the roof tiles.
Kurt speeded to the pub and noticed once inside that part of the recently restaured part of the building was destroyed by fire. It was in this part that the pub activities were held in recent months until the old pubroom was renovated.
He managed to put out the fire before the fire department arrived, but nevertheless his future dining room and kitchen were heavily damaged by the flames and smoke. A large part of the oak ceiling of the dining room has gone up in flames. The heating and electricity circuits were damaged as well as the windows which suffered from the enormous heat. Some old advertising material for lambic-style beers (such as Heyvaert Kriek, Vanderperre and Caves Brueghel) were destroyed.
The damage cause by the fire, the heat and the smoke, in particular to the ceiling and the windows, make it impossible to keep the pub open in Kurt's dining room. Therefore it has been decided to relocate the pub back to the original old pubroom, which has not been completely restaured.
Before the cleaning and repair works can start, we have to wait for the report of the insurance company expert. This event is a serious setback, but it could have been much worse if the fire hadn't been noticed that soon. The repair and restauration works will continue with more zealousness. It is noteworthy to mention that some people have offered spontaneously to help with the repair works and the cleaning.