The owner and employees of an Altoona bar is picking up the pieces the this morning after a fire broke out last night.
The Altoona Fire Department responded to the fire at Encore Bar and Grill just before 6:00 last night. When crews arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the roof area. There were people inside the bar at the time the fire broke out, but everyone made it out safely. The building was filled with smoke when fire crews went inside, and the fire appeared to be coming from the ceiling area. Crews were on the scene into the early morning hours this morning to protect other nearby buildings. The Fire Department asks the community to stay away from the scene of the fire, as it is still an active incident. The fire is still under investigation.