• Fire in Market Square damages restaurant, bagel shop


    PITTSBURGH - A fire in a Market Square restaurant and bagel shop drew dozens of firefighters and hundreds of onlookers during Monday's lunch rush.

    Initially, investigators said the fire apparently started in the rear of a Bruegger's Bagel shop then spread to Perlé, a champagne and tapas lounge.

    Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson learned from Acting Deputy Fire Chief David Smiley that the fire actually started in NOLA, a restaurant in Market Square, then spread to the Bruegger's Bagel shop and finally an apartment complex. Perlé was not affected by the fire.

    Both NOLA and Bruegger's will be closed until further notice while repairs are made to the buildings.

    Smiley said there was one minor injury. No further details were given on the victim’s identity or condition. 

    The Red Cross said they are helping one w0man, Erin Verni, whose apartment was damaged by the fire. Verni said she was waiting tables downtown, heard sirens and then got a call that her apartment was on fire.

    "I burst into tears," said Verni.

    According to Smiley, the fire was accidental, but an official cause is yet to be determined. Smiley said the flames likely spread because the buildings are very old.

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