Fire in Ansonia Damages Nightclub Building

Monday, Mar 11, 2013  |  Updated 11:18 AM EDT
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Fire in Ansonia Damages Nightclub Building

Steve Miller, NBC Connecticut

Officials believe the fire started in the basement of the Asylum Nightclub in Ansonia.

Firefighters have put out a blaze in a nightclub building in Ansonia that threatened to spread to other buildings on Main Street. No injuries are reported.

One person in the apartment on the second floor of the building that houses the Asylum Nightclub heard the smoke detectors, got out of the building and reported the fire shortly before 4 a.m. on Monday.

Firefighters knocked the fire down within an hour, but the smoke damage is also affecting My Sister's Place, a thrift shop that benefits victims of domestic violence.

"We just have a lot of smoke damage in the store right now. We have no electricity, so we will have to wait to see what happens," Nancy Cahoon, manager of My Sister's Place, said. "It's been tough for the past two months because we're slow during those two months anyhow, January and February, then the Blizzard of 2013 didn't help us, so we were waiting for springtime donations to come in."

A portion of Main Street was blocked off as crews responded.

Officials said the fire appears to have started in the basement. Fire marshals are at the scene trying to determine the cause.

Firefighters from neighboring Derby were called in to help.

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