JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) — One person was hospitalized following a fire at an iconic Jamestown bar on Tuesday.
When crews arrived on scene, they were met by heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the Bullfrog Hotel Bar and Grill, located at 1414 East Second Street on the corner of Tiffany Avenue, just feet away from the City of Jamestown line.
“This building contains a tavern on the first floor, then there’s apartments on the second and on the third floors,“ explained Fire Chief Mathew Coon. “Fire crews were able to locate one victim that had suffered burns as a result of the incident.”
The victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for further evaluation.
“What you see going behind me now, the initial attack is completed. Now we’re just inside looking for hotspots, and to contain the fire to its area of origin,” explained Chief Coon. “The fire is believed to have started on the second floor, and it did extend up onto the third floor into the adjacent apartment above.”
Theodore Langworthy has been running the establishment for 43 years since purchasing the building from his uncle. Just recently the proprietor remodeled the Bullfrog’s upper apartments.
“When you go in there and get started, we’ve got fire insurance,“ stated Langworthy. “Get something going and get it open again, at least the bar part. The hotel, I don’t know.”
An investigation continues to determine what specifically sparked Tuesday morning’s fire.
The Bullfrog was built in 1902 as a hotel. Since then, the building has been transformed into a tavern with upper floor apartments.