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Pre-arrival video: Crabby Jack's well involved. May be one of the last big fires for Deerfield Beach Fire-Rescue.

State fire investigators were in Deerfield Beach, Florida today trying to determine the cause of a fire jut before 7:00 Sunday morning at the landmark restaurant and bar, Crabby Jack's. The two-alarm blaze was fought by 50 firefighters from three departments.

As Joe Cavaretta and Mike Clary at SunSentinel.com point out the fire may mark the end of two eras:

The Crabby Jack's blaze may well be the last large fire that Deerfield Beach Fire-Rescue responds to under that name, since the City Commission recently voted to merge with Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue.

"We have one of the best fire departments in the county," (Mayor Peggy) Noland said. "They will stay in Deerfield Beach. All the fire departments are headed to regionalization.

"The cities can't afford to buy ladder trucks and aerial trucks, but merged, we can have two or three that can be used in an emergency like this," she said.

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