Blaze damages apartments

Ontario firefighters begin to enter the business location of Little Palomino Food & Spirits, where an attic fire occurred and caused some damage to apartment units on the second floor Tuesday afternoon.

ONTARIO — No injuries were reported after a fire broke out above a downtown business late Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m., Ontario Fire and Rescue responded to the business location of Little Palomino Food & Spirits on the 200 block of South Oregon Street.

At the scene, firefighters blocked off road access to a portion of South Oregon Street to attack an attic fire that was above the business.

Ontario Fire and Rescue Chief Terry Leighton said the attic fire affected 10 small apartments that are above the business on the second floor of the building. Some of the units have slight damage, he said, while one unit is heavily damaged.

Residents of three of the units received assistance from the American Red Cross, while occupants from the rest of the units had a place to stay, Leighton said.

The fire was limited to the second story of the building and did not threaten any neighboring buildings. At some point there was concern of possible water damage to Quisenberry’s, Leighton said, although nothing happened to that effect.

Fruitland and Payette fire departments arrived for mutual aide.

Leighton said the scene was cleared at about 8:30 p.m., and a cause has yet to be determined.

Due to the water and power being shut off, it could be a few days before the Little Palomino Food & Spirits reopens, he said.

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