Court Square Tavern catches fire
Shortly after five o'clock this morning, a Charlottesville Police officer spotted smoke billowing out the street-level window of the Court Square Tavern (go men in blue!). The Charlottesville Fire Department arrived quickly to save the day (go men in”Š.yellow?), evacuating residents above at 500 Court Square, and containing the fire before it spread upward into the 10-story building.
Tavern owner, Bill Curtis, told the Hook that he learned from fire officials that the fire was caused by an overheated power cord on his beer cooler. Apparently, electricity shot through the old cord’s insulation and caught the wall on fire. “It was going to be our 30th anniversary this July,” said Curtis of the Charlottesville landmark. “Hopefully, we’ll be open again by then.” Curtis estimates that it will take about 3 months to repair the damage.