LOGAN — A fire early Wednesday morning caused extensive damage to a local home décor store. Fire fighters were called to Tai Pan Trading at 70 E. 400 N. after a police officer noticed smoke coming from the building.
Logan City Fire Chief Brad Hannig said the fire was spreading quickly as fire fighters arrived on the scene.
“Crews encountered heavy smoke upon entry,” explained Hannig. “We were unable to access the fire before we had fire breakout through the roof.”
Fire fighters evacuated the building and began extinguishing the fire with the use of two ladder trucks that sprayed water onto the roof. After the flames were extinguished, crews were able to enter the store again to making sure there were no other hot spots.
Hannig said it appears the fire originated in the southeast corner of the building, in the office area of the store.
“We have unknown cause at this time. We will be investigating later today.”
Logan City Police Capt. Tyson Budge said Sgt. Brooks Davis was patrolling the area when he saw smoke along 400 N. He rolled down his window and noticed the odor of burning plastic. When he got out of his vehicle and approached the store he was able to see flames at the back of the building.
Hannig said because of fire fighters efforts and quick reporting, flames were kept from spreading to neighboring businesses. Unfortunately though, Tai Pan Trading still sustained significant damage.
“There was a lot of heavy smoke so, obviously a lot of smoke and water damage to the interior of the building, and it’s unknown at this time exactly the amount of damage. It didn’t seem to appear to be any fire in the interior, just in the roof components, but there is definitely some structural damage to the building.”
There was no one in the store at the time of the fire and no fire fighters were injured.
Hannig said it is devastating to see a fire of this kind at a business this time of year. Fire fighters tried to limit the damage to the décor items and preserve what they could.
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