The cause of a fire that destroyed a Johnstown bar last month will remain a mystery.

Officials say they cannot determine what sparked the Sept. 12 blaze at Lamont’s, a popular bar on Franklin Street near Memorial Medical Center.

“We’re done with our investigation,” city police Chief Craig Foust said Friday, adding that investigators found no indication the blaze was intentionally set.

“Nothing could be found that was suspicious,” Foust said.

Owner Lamont Crocco has said he was the last to leave the bar and did not notice any problems.

Johnstown firefighters responded around 3:30 a.m. to find the structure engulfed in flames, and they were forced to fight the blaze from outside the building.

No serious injuries were reported.

The bar was reduced to a pile of charred wood, shingles, siding and insulation. That debris, which for a short time was under 24-hour guard, has been removed.

A state police fire marshal and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with the probe.

But Foust said authorities could not pinpoint a cause, in part due to the extent of the destruction.

“Fire investigations are one of the hardest things,” he said. “The scene is destroyed.”

Crocco, who operated the bar for 24 years, has said he intends to rebuild.

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