Firefighters extinguish flames at pair of burning businesses in Ligonier
A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a blaze Tuesday morning in Ligonier that damaged two businesses, according to Paul Church, chief of Ligonier Volunteer Hose Company No. 1.
The fire appears to have started on the side of the two-story structure on North Fairfield Street that houses Batter Up! Cakes, Church said. An adjoining children’s clothing store, Kid Happiness, sustained smoke and heat damage, he said.
The building was partially engulfed on both floors when firefighters arrived at about 5:40 a.m. from the department, which is just across the street, Church said.
“It took awhile (to extinguish),” he said. “It was well-advanced when we pulled in.”
Batter Up! Cakes is temporarily closed, according to its website. The owner could not be reached Tuesday.
Kid Happiness closed earlier this month, according to the store’s Facebook page. The phone has been disconnected.
About 60 percent of the building was destroyed, Church said. It is owned by Artifax Associates of Oakmont, according to county records.
Firefighters managed to keep the flames from a neighboring structure only 3 feet away, Church said.
No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, he said. No injuries were reported.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or [email protected].