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Historic building in downtown Arcadia gutted in fire

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Arcadia Fire Chief Dan Loe says the building dates back to 1898. Arcadia Fire Chief Dan Loe says the building dates back to 1898.
The fire was called in by a cook at The Junction restaurant around 4:30 a.m. (Source: Jason Rice) The fire was called in by a cook at The Junction restaurant around 4:30 a.m. (Source: Jason Rice)
(Source: Jason Rice) (Source: Jason Rice)
(Source: Jason Rice) (Source: Jason Rice)
(Source: Jason Rice) (Source: Jason Rice)
ARCADIA, LA (KSLA) -

Fire destroyed a restaurant in a historic building in downtown Arcadia Monday morning.

The fire at Someplace Else Cafe, formerly known as The Junction, in the 1900 block of Railroad Avenue was called in by owner Loretta Womack around 4:30 a.m. Womack told fire officials she was cooking sausage when she dropped the pan, resulting in a grease fire that spread quickly.

Womack burned her hand, but was able to escape without serious injury.

Arcadia Fire Chief Dan Loe says his firefighters arrived to find the kitchen and stairwell ablaze, with the flames spreading to the roof.

Loe says the building, across from the First National Bank, dates back to 1898. 

Randy Cross with the Lincoln Parish Fire Department credits the Ruston Fire Department for preventing the entire downtown area from catching fire. Ruston supplied a ladder truck that was used to fight the fire from above.

"It would have effected a whole lot of businesses downtown, so we're just thankful that everyone came together and saved the rest of Downtown Arcadia," said Lee Brown, the owner of an adjacent building.

Fire crews from Lincoln Parish, north Bienville and Ruston were called in to help fight the flames. Firefighters are still on the scene. While the blaze is now considered to be under control, a hot spot flared back up again shortly after 9 a.m.  

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