Firefighters battling 5-alarm blaze at comedy club


"It's a smoky situation," Fairfield spokeswoman Gale Spears said. The amount of smoke caused the fire to be escalated to five alarms, she said.

The fire was reported at about 6:45 p.m. by someone who was inside The Original Pepperbelly's Comedy & Variety Theater, located at 849 Texas St., fire Chief Vincent Webster said.

The blaze may have started inside the building, he said.

The exterior of the two-story structure, built in the 1960s, remains intact.

The fire was extinguished at 10:16 p.m. Between 90 and 100 firefighters responded. One crew planned to remain at the club overnight, Spears said.

No injuries were reported; no other buildings were damaged.

The cause of the fire is unknown. Damage estimates were not available.

A fire inspector told Spears he likely would not investigate the building until Monday.

More information about the club can be found

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