Fire damages downtown building Vermillion firefighters didn't have far to go Monday night as they were called to the Olde Towne Bistro building in downtown Vermillion at about 6:53 p.m. Vermillion firefighters didn't have far to go Monday night as they were called to the Olde Towne Bistro building in downtown Vermillion at about 6:53 p.m. The fire was located above the restaurant in the back apartment which is occupied by two men.
One of the residents was home at the time of the fire and received burns on his arm and hand trying to extinguish the blaze, according to Fire Chief Doug Brunick. He added that flames were coming through the north windows as about 30 firemen responded. "The restaurant's patrons had been evacuated before we got there," Brunick said. Firefighters were on the scene until about 9 p.m. "One of our firefighters went down from heat exhaustion," Brunick said. "He did not go to the hospital, but we brought him to the fire station, cooled him off and took him home." The injured resident went to the hospital on his own for treatment. Three rooms in the back apartment received fire damage, while smoke damage was reported throughout the building, including the front apartment.
The Olde Towne Bistro received water damage. According to Brunick, the owner of the building is Peggy Groundwater of Portland, OR. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.