Store in Ansonia remains closed after fire - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Store in Ansonia remains closed after fire


An Ansonia thrift shop was forced to close its doors following a fire weeks ago and still can't reopen even though the fire was not at their building.

My Sister's Place planned on being back in business, but it keeps getting pushed back.

The Asylum Cafe nightclub on Main Street caught on fire during the early morning hours on March 11.

The fire caused heavy smoke, which poured out of the nightclub and into My Sister's Place.

"They lost everything in the store," said  Laurel Vicidomino of Seymour. "They are trying to just help out, clean out our closets. It's spring time. Time to give them stuff they can give away."

The sales at My Sister's Place, which is a nonprofit, support battered women and their children. 

Every day the store is down, it stings a little bit more, said store manager Nancy Cahoon. 

"It's hurting our services completely because we're losing money every day we're not open and this hurts our victims of domestic violence," she said.

Cahoon said she was hoping to open the store on Friday but said it is not possible.

The racks remain empty, as they had to send off roughly 5,000 pieces of clothing to the dry cleaners.

Even after professional crews came into clean the entire store, Cahoon said they'll likely need to replace the carpeting and repaint the walls.

"The selling room still has an odor to it," she said. "That's what we're questioning now. It's why we're not opening up yet."

The Asylum Cafe nightclub next door is boarded up and remains closed.

Volunteers at My Sister's Place told Eyewitness News they've seen workers cleaning out the club and filling dumpsters with debris.

A show scheduled at the Asylum Cafe nightclub for this weekend has been moved to a club in Hamden.

As for the fire, investigators know it started in the basement but haven't been able to figure out what started it.

While the store is closed, its donation center is open Monday through Saturday. They can use summer clothes, and every day something new arrives.

"The community has come to call and they have helped us tremendously," Cahoon said.

Store officials said they are hoping to reopen My Sister's Place sometime next week.

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