DeKalb firefighters respond to Sixth Street fire

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 8:41 a.m.CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 5:49 p.m.CDT
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The owner of Monarca Bakery, Mario Ortiz, in DeKalb embraces his wife, Laura Ortiz, as DeKalb firefighters investigate the aftermath of a fire at the business on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. "I don't know how to take it right now," said Ortiz when asked about the fire. Ortiz opened the business about a month ago and added, "it was a short dream."

DeKALB – Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that did about $75,000 in damage Tuesday morning to a new bakery at 201 N. Sixth St.

Firefighters spent about 30 minutes putting out a fire on or under a stairway in the front of Monarca Bakery, which opened about a month ago, DeKalb fire Lt. Chris Ziola said. Crews saw smoke when they arrived about 7 a.m., but the flames did not travel to other units in the structure, Ziola said.

"The majority of the fire was in the front of the bakery that was unoccupied at the time," he said.

No injuries were reported.

The building, which was built in 1877, was among DeKalb original barbed wire factories, but has since been divided into multiple units. Fire crews remained on the scene for about six hours.

Assisting DeKalb firefighters were personnel from Sycamore and Cortland fire departments, DeKalb Police Department and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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