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Vida Cafe burns

Vida Cafe Fire2Vida: The landmark Vida Cafe was extensively damaged in an early morning blaze today. According to McKenzie Fire & Rescue reports, the fire was reported at 4:22 a.m. on October 24th, coming from the rear of the structure.

On arrival responders found the most active fire was coming from the East end of the building, and the exterior part of the fire was extinguished quickly. In order to find all the active fire inside the building crews needed to remove a large portion of the ceiling and make several access points in the walls.

16 McKenzie firefighters were at the scene at 45641 McKenzie Hwy., along with an additional four personnel from the Mohawk Fire Dept., who were requested to assist. Three fire engines, three water tenders and support vehicles were utilized in fighting the fire. ODOT was also called to assist with traffic safety during the operation.

According to McKenzie Fire Chief Darren Bucich, the fire will be investigated with the assistance of the State Fire Marshals Office.

Cafe owner Sue Nelson said she has insurance and has been in contact with her agent.

Vida Cafe FirePhotos Courtesy MF&R


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