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FIRE AT PAPA JOE'S

"We were calmly asked to leave because the building was on fire."

Updated at 8:17pm 7/1/18 - Posted by Durand Now at 12:18am 7/1/18

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Nikole Carlson Hartzell


Firefighters battled a blaze at Papa Joe's on Saturday evening.  Durand alum, Melissa Harding, and her family are visiting from Florida.  They arrived Saturday morning and on the day's agenda was ice cream, so they made a stop into Papa Joe's.  Only two in their party of 11 got their scoops.  "We were calmly asked to leave because the building was on fire.  It was just us in there, we were like really?!  We walk [sic] out to see this!"  Melissa captured images of billowing black smoke rising from the kitchen area of the restaurant.  See the photos below.  

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Melissa Harding snapped this photo after being asked to leave Papa Joe's because the building was on fire.

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Melissa Harding snapped this photo after being asked to leave Papa Joe's because the building was on fire.

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Nikole Carlson Hartzell snapped this photo after firefighters doused flames and smoke and were able to climb onto the roof of Papa Joe's

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Nikole Carlson Hartzell snapped this photo after firefighters doused flames and smoke and were able to climb onto the roof of Papa Joe's

Witness video showed black smoke billowing from the downtown area before being knocked down by spray from fire apparatus.

The fire began in an exhaust fan on the roof and did not burn through the ceiling.  We're told there was no damage to the building's interior.

Firefighters from Durand, Vernon Township, Venice Township and Corunna-Caledonia worked the scene.

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