Sivak: Fire that shut down Villard started in Bogey’s kitchen
|By April Baumgarten, The Dickinson Press, N.D.|
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"We have a very good idea of where in the kitchen, and we are suspicious of some things that we really can't say any more about until we talk and let some insurance investigators have their look at it," he said.
Smoke was reported coming out of Bogey's at approximately
Smoke billowed out of the seams, windows and doors of the buildings as firefighters attempted to put out the flame. The fire was under control at
"Again, the fire found an old elevator shaft, not unlike what happened at the old Elks (Building)," Sivak said. "That's how the fire transmitted itself to the second floor and actually up into the roof system. This time, we were able to find the shaft, get at it and stop the extension."
"Extensive damage" was contained in Saturday's fire to Bogey's and the rooms above, which was used for storage, Sivak said. There is some structural damage to the roof in a limited area, but most of the building is still structurally sound, he added.
"It's going to be quite a project," Sivak said.
He added there is smoke damage to adjoining apartments and businesses, including Unique Nails, Karen &
A city firefighter was taken to the hospital during the incident on Saturday, but no one else was injured. The only fatality was a cat that died from smoke inhalation, Sivak said.
More than 40 firefighters responded to the incident, Sivak said. The city fire department was originally short staffed and called for assistance from the
Bogey's has been open since 1996, owner
The restaurant on Villard is known for its burgers and old-fashioned decor, including a neon sign with a picture of
Thomas didn't know what to say about the fire. She added she was unsure what she would do with the building going forward.
"I'm just taking it one day at a time for now," Thomas said.
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