Martini bar 15C damaged by fire

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The downtown alleyway martini and cigar bar, 15C, was damaged by a fire this morning that caused the evacuation of nearby businesses and interrupted rush hour traffic through downtown.

Four Colorado Spring Fire Department engine crews responded to fire this morning at 15C E. Bijou St., where smoke could be seen billowing into the air.

A delivery man called 911 shortly after 8 a.m. after seeing the smoke rising from the east side of a the building, fire spokesman J. J. Halsey said.

Crews said no one was injured but in order to survey the damage, they evacuated the building, which houses several businesses including Taste of Jerusalem, Hookah King, a UPS store and a sandwich shop.

Traffic was closed for a few hours on Bijou between Tejon and Cascade.

The extent of the damage is unknown.