Fire destroys Coffee Exchange next to Molly Malone's, damage set at $300K

Fire destroyed Coffee Exchange next to Molly Malone's Irish Pub & Restaurant off Montgomery Road in Pleasant Ridge. (FOX19 NOW/Deborah Linz)
Fire destroyed Coffee Exchange next to Molly Malone's Irish Pub & Restaurant off Montgomery Road in Pleasant Ridge. (FOX19 NOW/Deborah Linz)
Demolition work took place overnight after fire destroyed apartments above and a business adjacent Molly Malone's Irish Pub & Restaurant on Montgomery Road in Pleasant Ridge. (FOX19 NOW/Deborah Linz)
Demolition work took place overnight after fire destroyed apartments above and a business adjacent Molly Malone's Irish Pub & Restaurant on Montgomery Road in Pleasant Ridge. (FOX19 NOW/Deborah Linz)

PLEASANT RIDGE, OH (FOX19) - A three-alarm fire destroyed a coffee business next to Molly Malone's Irish Pub & Restaurant and apartments on the second story, displacing 10 people and causing $300,000 in damage, Cincinnati fire officials said early Friday.

The space that houses Coffee Exchange and apartments on Montgomery Road is a total loss, they said.

Demolition work began overnight as fire officials continued to investigate the cause of the blaze that broke out in the two-story, multi-use building about 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

Nearly 100 firefighters responded and the first ones on scene found heavy smoke coming from the roof, according to a news release from the Cincinnati Fire Department.

Flames burned into the attic and through the roof, making it difficult for firefighters to locate and bring under control.

"The attic, an older building, getting up into the attic and getting access up there to fight these types of fires in these older building's is just difficult. It's a lot of labor and then locating the fire itself is the biggest problem," Asst. Chief Steve Breitfelder said.

Working smoke detectors were found in the building, he added.

No injuries were reported, but 10 people were displaced, fire officials said.

The American Red Cross is assisting.

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