While the Logansport Fire Department continues to investigate the Saturday fire at U-Know Pizza and Sandwich Shop, early indicators reveal that “nothing suspicious is expected,” said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Ott.
He said the restaurant sustained charring and smoke damage, but the building could be repaired. None of the equipment or other items suffered damage, said Ott, indicating that a preliminary investigation is still being conducted.
The fire broke out around 9:24 a.m. at the eatery at 96 E. Market St.
Upon arrival, crews found a single-story structure with heavy smoke rolling out of the building, Ott said in a news release. Additional off-duty firefighters were called to the scene.
Ott said crews forced entry into the front door and were able to extinguish the flames within 10 minutes. “Additional overhaul revealed that the fire had extended the roof decking, resulting in a portion of the flat roofing being removed,” he said.
The fire department remained on the premises for approximately two hours. Two engines, and one each of a rescue truck, tower truck, and command vehicle were used on scene.
In all, 18 firefighters, as well as Logansport Police Department officers, responded to the call.
No one was injured.
Ott asks anyone with additional information to contact the fire department at 574-753-3102. He also encourages residents to inspect their smoke detectors, to make sure they are in proper working order.
The Bir family took over the shop located at the junction of the Wabash and Eel rivers on June 21, 2017. Clarence Bir and his wife, Kristina, have operated the facility with their children Michael, Elizabeth, and Billie since they took over from Stephen and Peggy Whaley, who had owned the pizza parlor since the summer of 2012.
Along with pizzas, sandwiches, and pastas, the eatery features an ice cream parlor.