St. Paul firefighters rescued a person from a residence above the Coffee Cup on the corner of Rice Street and Arlington Avenue after the restaurant caught fire Friday evening.
St. Paul Fire Chief Butch Inks said in a statement that crews arrived on the scene to find heavy smoke and fire on the first floor of the building. A bystander told firefighters a person was trapped on the second floor.
While the first floor blaze was being extinguished, firefighters were able to rescue the trapped resident and make sure no one else was inside the building. The victim was taken to a local hospital, Inks statement said.
The restaurant and residences on the upper floor sustained heavy smoke and fire damage. The Red Cross is assisting two people who were displaced by the fire.
Owners of the Coffee Cup said on Facebook they would work to reopen the restaurant.
“The most important thing is that everyone is safe,” the owners’ post said. “We took over Coffee Cup from Jimmy and Tommy not too long ago, but our heart is in this place and it has been an honor. Please be patient with us while we navigate moving forward. Coffee Cup will be again!”