A fire earlier this week claimed an Orleans business and destroyed the brick building it was located in
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, firefighters were called to Paradise Pizza in the 100 block of South Maple Street at 11:47 a.m., and remained on the scene until late afternoon.
Firefighters from Orleans, Rural District 1 and 2, Paoli and French Lick and Marion, Mitchell and Indian Creek volunteer fire departments battled the blaze.
Heavy smoke and flames were shooting out of the building when they arrived.
The cause of the fire is not known yet, but investigators say it started on the first floor of the Paradise Pizza Cafe.
It took about three hours to get everything out, and several more hours were spent securing what’s left of the building. Surrounding businesses received smoke and water damage during the incident.
The State Fire Marshal was called to determine what started the blaze.
No injuries were reported, but several firefighters were treated for dehydration and overheating.
The business, a staple in downtown Orleans, is owned by Michael and Casey Cooper who began renting the business from John F. Stone in March.
Also assisting was Orleans Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, IU Health Hospital ambulance, Air-Evac Lifeteam, Orange County ambulance and the American Red Cross.