Mopping up after fire destroys downtown Sackets Harbor business

Anchor fire noon update

SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. (WWNY) - Firefighters were back around noon Tuesday at the scene of the overnight fire that destroyed the Anchor bar and restaurant.

Reporter Erin Bischoff was live from the scene during 7 News at Noon while they were there.

Watch the video for her report.

Firefighters were there to put out hot spots that were still smoldering.

Bischoff says people had been stopping by all morning to see what's left. Business and building owners nearby were cleaning up debris.

The restaurant went up in flames around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Flames spread quickly and were seen shooting through the roof of the business. They were so intense that firefighters had to fight the blaze from the outside.

Officials say that the business had closed for the night and that no one was inside when the fire broke out.

Randolph Pickett owns the building next to the Anchor. He says last night a neighbor called and told him there was a fire close to his building so he and his wife got in the car and rushed over.

"We certainly were relieved when we first got here because all the way over your mind goes to the worst places, you think 'our building's to the ground and we just bought it,'" he said. "So, we're lucky, our friends next door weren't so lucky and our hearts go out to them for losing their building."

On the Anchor's Facebook page, owner Tom Scozzafava writes they will rebuild the bar and restaurant.

Officials say they are still investigating the cause, but that it does not appear to be suspicious.

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