Fire in Ansonia damages nightclub - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Fire in Ansonia damages nightclub

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ANSONIA, CT (WFSB) -

Fire crews from Ansonia and surrounding towns extinguished a fire at the Asylum Cafe nightclub on Main Street early Monday morning.

Crews were called to the building around 3:45 a.m. after receiving reports of heavy smoke coming from the area.

Officials said crews discovered a fire in the basement of the nightclub when they arrived at the scene.

"The basement is used for storage of food, for the nightclub, their liquor storage," said Ansonia Fire Assistant Chief Joe Kingston. "The gentleman has a small office down there."

When firefighters arrived, not only was smoke filling the club, but also at My Sister's Place, which is located next door.

"The smoke was so thick," said Rob Carnaroli of My Sister's Place, where all of the proceeds go towards victims of domestic violence. "When I got here you couldn't even see 10 feet."

No injuries were reported and fire officials are working to figure out what sparked the fire inside the facility.

As smoke blanketed Main Street, much of it made its way into My Sister's Place. Staff at the thrift shop, which supports Birmingham Health Care's Center for Domestic Violence Services, said while everything is donated, all the clothes now smell of smoke and will need to be cleaned.

Carnaroli told Eyewitness News the Asylum Nightclub is relatively new.

However, its not the first time a nearby fire impacted the thrift shop. Back in 2001, it was a latex foam factory fire that forced them to close for a few days.

"The merchandise is the big part. A few years ago when Latex Foam burned down, we had the same problem with smoke coming into the building, lost a couple of days being in the building," Carnaroli said. "I'm hoping that we'll be back up and running pretty soon."

Both the local and state fire marshal's office are investigating the cause of the fire.

Main Street was closed while the investigation continues.

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