Shortly after 11am on Saturday November 7th, a fire broke out and gutted the popular Friends Pub/Restaurant located on Sgt. Andrew Brucher Road. The fire was reportedly spotted by SMVFD Lieutenant Ozzie Gonzalez and firefighter Jerry Donohue who immediately alerted the 911 Center. The White Lake Fire Department promptly responded as did Kauneonga Lake and Monticello Fire Department. Much of the buildings interior was heavily burned. Investigators are looking into a possible electrical problem involving the fish tanks as the potential cause. The location has been a landmark in Smallwood for over half a century, changing hands several times throughout the years. It has been Friends Pub for well over a decade and quickly became a well known place to eat and drink. No one was injured in the blaze.