Tell City Business Fire Caused by Electrical Issues

A fire that destroyed a Tell City business has been ruled electrical in nature.

Tell City Fire Chief Greg Linne says investigators have come to that conclusion in the days that followed the October 14th fire which destroyed Capers Restaurant along Main Street.

No one was injured in the fire. The three story building was originally built back in 1894 by the city’s Odd Fellows lodge. It served as a mens clothing store for a number of years. Linne says the blaze was fought from the basement of the building for awhile, but firefighters had to retreat as the blaze spread. A portion of a wall that faced Mozart Street collapsed a few days later as investigators tried to remove items from inside.

The building is currently being demolished and the intersection of Main and Mozart Streets (which was closed while the fire was being fought) is closed again for the demolition time frame. A temporary 4-way stop sign has been installed at the intersection of Main and Franklin Streets due to traffic flow in downtown.

In spite of the demolition, some items from the restaurant are being saved. Wood doors from the second floor of the building along with limestone numbers celebrating the building’s completion year are being salvaged.