Capers fire ruled electrical in origin

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TELL CITY – An Oct. 14 fire that destroyed one of Tell City’s most recognizable buildings was electrical in origin and most likely began in a basement.

Fire Chief Greg Linne said investigators had made the determination in the days after the blaze that destroyed Capers restaurant.

No one was injured but the three-story building, constructed in 1894 by the city’s Odd Fellows lodge and for many years a mens clothing store, was gutted.

Firefighters on the day of the fire said the blaze appeared to have begun in the basement.

Linne said firefighters fought the blaze in the basement area for a time but had to retreat as it spread.

A portion of a wall facing Mozart Street collapsed several days after the fire as investigators tried to remove items from the interior.

The intersection of Main and Mozart streets, which had reopened after being closed for several days, was again blocked.

It remains closed during the demolition process.

Because of the flow of traffic through the city’s downtown, a temporary four-way stop sign has been placed at the intersection of Main and Franklin streets.

Mayor Barbara Ewing told members of the city’s works board Nov. 4 a demolition permit had been obtained and that she expected debris would begin to be removed from the site.

Some items from the restaurant are being saved. Wood doors from the second story were taken out Thursday and  limestone numbers marking the year of the building’s completion were also removed from its facade.