Streets Around Pepperbelly's Reopened Post-Blaze

The Original Pepperbelly's Comedy & Variety Theater, at 849 Texas St., suffered significant damage in the Friday evening fire.

Bay City News

Fire and city crews by Sunday had cleared enough debris from a Fairfield comedy club to reopen area streets following a five-alarm fire.

Surrounding streets had been closed since the blaze, reported Friday at The Original Pepperbelly's Comedy & Variety Theater, 849 Texas St.

The club appeared to be totaled in the fire, Battalion Chief Bob Stoffel said.

The fire department worked with a structural engineer, the city's chief building inspector and a contractor to remove debris and determine the safety of the building, Stoffel said.

Texas Street remained closed for much of Saturday until the area was rendered safe.

The fire in the two-story building, which dates to the 1960s, was shooting flames through the roof and some 45 feet into the air when firefighters arrived at the scene, Stoffel said.

It was brought under control at about 10:15 p.m., and all occupants escaped without injury.

No damage estimate was available Saturday.

The investigation into the fire's cause will continue Monday, Stoffel said.

janelle hawkins January 27, 2013 at 09:06 PM
it's funny that they say the building was built in the 60's ... I remember going to it when I was 4 and 5 ... and that was in the late 40's.
judith January 28, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Wow this is a huge loss! It was nice having some entertainment locally. Judith
Steven Ng January 28, 2013 at 07:21 AM
Here's a video of the fire from multiple angles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7scGU3rAH8
ed January 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM
The owner of the club was acting suspicious during the interview by the television news crew. Smells fishy ! ( intentional arson for insurance money )
Mom January 29, 2013 at 04:38 PM
"Fairfield's first movie theater, which opened in 1921, was at the location of Pepperbelly's. It was refurbished in 1945 as the Solano Theater and in 1974, it changed its name to Fairfield Cinema 1. After the movie theater closed in the 1990s, it was closed until it reopening as a comedy club and has since been run by multiple operators." -- Excerpt from Daily Republic article by Heather Ah San


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