At least eight residents have been displaced from a fire that broke out Saturday night in an upstairs apartment at the Duss Avenue Café in Ambridge, according to the borough fire chief.
Power has been shut off to the entire building, owned by Dennis Jones, and Duss Avenue Cafe is closed for now.
“The bar wasn’t damaged, so I feel that it could be turned back on and probably be back in business in a couple of days,” Drewnowski said.
Firefighters were called at 8:15 p.m. Saturday to a rear, third-floor apartment of the Duss Avenue Cafe. Drewnowski said the fire initiated at Apartment 9, spread through Apartment 10, then started to go into the second floor, but was contained.
Patrons evacuated the bar and traffic was re-routed on Duss Avenue. Drewnowski said firefighters had to lay a line from a hydrant across the street.
Fire departments from Baden, Fair Oaks, Crescent Township and Conway assisted. It took firefighters a half hour to bring the fire under control and officials cleared the scene two hours later.
No injuries were reported.
The American Red Cross is assisting at least one resident. Other residents in the 12-unit, one-room apartments have found temporary living arrangements with relatives and friends.
NIRA Engineering, the borough’s electrical inspector, has to perform a review and give approval before the electricity can be turned back on, he said. Officials expect power could be restored as early as Monday.
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