An early morning fire Aug. 15 swept through Cascade Lanes and Happy Joe’s Pizza, 1303 1st Ave. East, causing extensive damage to the structure.
According to Denny Green, Cascade fire chief, the department was paged at 2:38 a.m. for a structure fire. “We arrived on scene and heavy smoke was coming out of the eaves all around the building,” the chief said. “We looked inside. Smoke was banked down and obviously, it was a heavily involved fire.”
Green said he called out the Bernard and Monticello fire departments, and that the Farley department brought down the mobile air station it jointly owns with Cascade.
“Once we had hose lines ready, we gained entry through the front door and located what we thought the source of the fire was and put it out,” Green said.
The chief said the fire was mainly in the ceiling and attic space, and that firefighters battled a great deal of smoke, due to the building’s size making it difficult to ventilate.
“We’re rebuilding as soon as possible,” Dave Pettera said. “The community has been great to us, and I’m going to be good to them, too.”
The Petteras bought the business in 2009, and it was named “Business of the Year” by the Cascade Area Chamber of Commerce in 2017.