GENESEO – Investigators are still finalizing the details on the cause of the fire that claimed Kelly’s Saloon and Honey Girl’s Gourmet last Wednesday, July 29, but are able to say that the cause was accidental and electrical in nature.
Livingston County Emergency Management Director Kevin Niedermaier said that the fire originated in the ceiling of the back wall of Kelly’s, and that multiple affected buildings and tenants make the process time consuming to be thorough.
“We are looking at electrical activity in the area of origin, which is the ceiling back wall,” said Niedermaier. “Let me put it this way, all fires are challenging. In this case, four separate sets of buildings, tenants, and building owners are affected, and a half-dozen insurance companies are involved. We want to make sure that everybody gets the information they need.”
Niedermaier credited the six fire departments that were on scene with minimizing the damage.
“Thanks to those firefighters, it looks like everybody involved is going to be OK, no one was injured,” said Niedermaier. “It was a well-fought fire. Chief Chanler called for mutual aid, and the major structural damage was contained to one building because they all did an amazing job working together seamlessly.”
Kelly’s and Honey Girl’s Gourmet were lost in the fire. Honey Girl’s owner, Alyssa Cope, says that she will be up and running again as soon as she can.