Fire downtown spread to second building
by Courtney Warren
Aug 17, 2014 | 2857 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department had an early start to their day on Saturday morning with a fire began in A La Carte restaurant in downtown Cleveland and then spread next door into Bolivar Insurance Co.

"We were dispatched somewhere in the 2:30 a.m.range. It started in A La Carte over by the office, but we are still trying to determine an actual cause. The state fire marshal has been notified and I'm working close with him trying to figure out exactly what's going on. It's always good to have another set of eyes on something this large with two businesses involved," said Fire Inspector Greg Jackson.

Ned Mitchell, owner of Bolivar Insurance Co. said, "The fire started in the building next door and it spread and jumped over on the top of our building. It did some fire damage but the volunteer fire department did a fantastic job of controlling the fire. Those guys were coming out of that building so hot that they had to take off their gear and lay down to catch their breath then they got right back up and went back in. They were going into both buildings and I just want to say how great of a job they did."

In regards to damage in his building, Mitchell said, "We were lucky in that our exterior walls aren’t damaged. We had a hole in our roof that we are covering now and our doors are intact. As far as A La Carte, they are boarding it up right now.

We don't know anything about the cause of the fire but we know where it started."

Mitchell said, despite the fire the company will be open for business on Monday.

"We are going to be moving into a temporary location and should be available Monday morning," he said.

Mitchell said if anyone needs to contact the company call Ned Mitchell at 662-719-3141, Roger Easley 662-588-8056, or Clometa Register 662-721-8729.

The Bolivar Commercial will have more as the story develops.