Fire broke out Thursday, Nov. 25, at Titus Pastry Shoppe, 820 W. South St. The flames were seen at about noon by a passerby, who called for help.
Lebanon Deputy Fire Chief Jason Lee said both Lebanon stations and Center Township Fire were dispatched to the scene. Whitestown fire also assisted.
“There was a lot of smoke,” Lee said. “You couldn’t hardly see any of the building.” He said firefighters attacked the fire and knocked it down in 10 to 15 minutes.
“They did an excellent job,” he said. “The business is definitely salvageable.”
In fact, Lee said the owner has already said he plans to reopen.
Lee said the fire started when a light ballast failed in a storage area in the back of the building. There is a metal container that should contain the fire, but that container failed, allowing the fire to spread. It caught a rafter on file and spread in all directions, Lee said.
Lee said there was only smoke damage in the bakery and seating area as the fire was all contained to the rear of the building. He estimated the damage at a minimum of $50,000.
“They’re going to be shut down a while,” Lee said. He said it was fortunate that the fire struck during the day and that the building is in a high-traffic area so that it was detected quickly.
“The only visible damage is to the west side that’s burned through, and some smoke and heat staining.”
Lebanon Police and Boone County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.