There are three second-floor apartments in the building. It's also home to Croton Creek Steakhouse and Wine Bar. The third floor is empty attic space, according to local business owners.
Eric Kupferberg, owner and chef at Croton Creek, said the couple whose apartment was damaged comes into the eatery often. He called them "really nice" people. Michael Giannone, the owner at nearby Bella Ella's Pizzeria, echoed those sentiments, and said the pair seemed "kind of just in shock" when he saw them Tuesday.
"I was just thankful the restaurant was untouched and no one got hurt," Kupferberg said, adding that he was grateful the fire departments extinguished the flames without affecting his business.
"They did an amazing job," he said.
A contractor from Putnam-based Armstrong Improvements, who was tasked with boarding up the windows, was sweeping in front of the building Tuesday evening. He said there was "nothing salvageable" from what he saw on the second floor.