Rochester fire investigators are looking into the cause of an early morning fire Friday that caused damage to a business and nearby condominiums. No injuries were reported in the second-alarm fire at about 1:30 a.m. at Side Bar located downtown at 242 South Avenue. Firefighters responded after a resident at the Capron Street Condominiums felt the heat and saw the glow from the fire and pulled the fire alarm, said Capt. Ted Kuppinger of the Rochester Fire Department. The condos, that are next to the building the bar is located in, also overlooks the outdoor patio where the fire started. No one was in the outdoor patio.
Condo residents felt the heat and saw the glow from the fire and pulled the fire alarm. One to two condos aren’t inhabitable due to water damage after their sprinklers went off, Kuppinger said. The interior of the bar also received water damage as well as smoke and heat damage. “If it had not been for the sprinkler system we would have had a much bigger fire,” Kuppinger said. The fire was under control in 20 minutes.