Market Square Coffeehouse Fire Started In Roaster, Ruled Accidental

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A four-alarm fire at a Market Square business has been determined to be accidental.

According to officials, the fire started in a coffee roaster at Nicholas Coffee Company around noon on Friday.

It’s the second fire for the Market Square landmark this year. In February, the roaster also burst into flames.

At least one business says it can no longer reopen following the fire.

Denham & Company doesn’t think they’ll return to their spot at Market Square following the blaze.

“I’m not so sure that I feel safe and I know that quite a fiew of my employees don’t feel safe, and my employees safety is really important to me,” owner Tim Denham said.

All the furnishings of Denham & Company are piled in front of the building while the stylists work out of a temporary workspace at Rosann Alioto’s Salon on Stanwix Street.

“People taking us in like this, the gratitude is amazing, there’s a lot of big hearts in Pittsburgh,” stylist Julie Vari said.

The fire was out around 1:30 p.m., but it was difficult to fight because flames were trapped in the walls. Officials say that one bystander was treated for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

For firefighters, it was grueling. They had to climb on the roof and chop holes to get the fire out.

The fire reached four alarms due to the high heat and humidity that day.

Nicholas Coffee had to bring in a dumpster to throw away their product.

“We brought in a truck the week before the fire, so a lot of product was damaged in the fire,” Jordan Nicholas said.

The coffee company estimates that it will be able to open in 45-60 days.

Siena, Nola, and Perle are already pretty much back to normal.

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