A roaring fire shuts down the New Kensington cafe

No serious damage was caused by a chimney fire Tuesday at a cafe in downtown New Kensington.

Firefighters responded to the call at Steel Cup Coffee Roasters on 10th Street around 11 a.m., Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. said.

Business owner Doug Pinto said he was roasting coffee when he noticed what he said smelled like campfire and saw smoke coming out of a collector of sequins.

Coffee chaff is the skin of a coffee bean that comes off during roasting. Pinto said there was an accumulation of chaff in the chimney which caught fire.

Saliba said the fire was contained within the pipe but it got hot enough that parts of it melted.

There was smoke throughout the store as well as at Trovo, a home decor store, and attorney Tony Vigilante’s office, which are in the same building at the corner of 10th Street and Fifth Avenue. .

No injuries were reported. Fans were used to evacuate smoke from the spaces.

Saliba said the fire could have been much worse and spread to the roof had it not been watched.

Pinto, who opened the Steel Cup in New Kensington in 2021, said he wasn’t sure if it would be open on Wednesday. He said he might not be able to roast coffee for a week or two until repairs are made.

“Unfortunately, scorch fires are happening,” he said. “I didn’t think this could happen to me.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .