The fire Monday at the Mt. Washington Tavern caused $2.5 million in damage to the structure and its contents, fire officials said.

The cause and source of the early morning fire that destroyed the popular bar and restaurant remains under investigation. Investigators are still combing through evidence and conducting inspections of the wreckage at the two-story shingled building on Newbury Street.

"The Baltimore City fire department never makes an immediate official determination into the cause of fires of this magnitude, or others," spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright wrote in an email Wednesday. "There is a great deal of information and processes that [need] to be examined before this can take place."

Co-owner Rob Frisch said he would rebuild the business on Newbury Street as quickly as possible.

"The fire has taken the Tavern for now, but we look very forward to rebuilding and being better than ever," he wrote on the business' website.

Mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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