The fire damaged Java Monkey on Church Street in downtown Decatur, and two nearby businesses had smoke and water damage, fire officials said.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Downtown Decatur coffee shop closed for at least one month after fire

A popular downtown Decatur coffee shop is closed for at least one month after an overnight fire ripped through the business and damaged two others nearby.

The blaze caused extensive damage to Java Monkey on Church Street, and two nearby restaurants, Fresh to Order and Noodle, had smoke damage, deputy fire Chief Vera Morrison told AJC.com.

Fire crews were called to the coffee shop about 11:25 p.m. Sunday.

The fire damaged Java Monkey on Church Street in downtown Decatur, and two nearby businesses had smoke and water damage, fire officials said. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

“Upon arrival, they had flames coming out of the front door,” Morrison said.

The fire reached the roofline before it was contained. Morrison said the origin and the cause of the fire are still under investigation Monday morning. 

Church Street and sections of East Ponce de Leon Avenue were closed until about 4:15 a.m. Monday while fire crews were on scene, according to Decatur police.

In a Facebook post, Java Monkey owners thanked the fire department “for their bravery and diligent work.” The coffee shop is known for its weekly poetry open mic and as a music venue for local artists.

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Channel 2 Action News has confirmed a police cruiser is one of at least two cars involved in a fiery crash.

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