SOUTH SIDE (KDKA) — A popular South Side restaurant was damaged in a Tuesday night fire and the owner is not optimistic about reopening.

The fire started at the Pickle Barrel in the 1300-block of East Carson Street around 8 p.m. The restaurant was closed at the time.

On Wednesday, the fire rekindled around 5:30 a.m.

Six people living in apartments upstairs from the business are being helped by the Red Cross. They were not home when the fire started.

“When the first companies arrived, they found some fire showing on the side of the building on 13th Street, just above the door near the air conditioning unit,” Pittsburgh Deputy Fire Chief Harry Scherer said.

Firefighters said it appears the fire started in the kitchen area.

“And the most char is evident there and there was some evidence of fire extension traveling above a tin ceiling in that same general area,” he said.

The Pickle Barrel had closed around 7 p.m.

“Everybody got out of the building,” George Marszalek, a restaurant volunteer, said. “It was actually a quiet day. It’s a shame too – 44 years on the South Side in the same location, offering the same menu.”

No one was hurt. Three alarms were sounded because of the size of the building.

Scott Davis, the owner, said this was the final straw and he doesn’t expect to rebuild. He does not have insurance on the equipment.


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