Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:24
Firefighters from Marion and Hillsboro responded to a blaze at one of Marion’s oldest restaurants, Big Scoop, 616 E. Main St., at 2:25 a.m. Monday, said Fire Chief Mike Regnier. Flames could be seen shooting out from the roof, he said, but by 4:45 a.m. the fire was extinguished. Crews were called to the scene after a passerby saw the fire and called 911. “There was damage, but structurally, the building is in tact,” Regnier said. “The main concentration of the fire was toward the back of the restaurant.” The fire marshal from Topeka evaluated the situation Monday afternoon, but Regnier said he won’t receive a written report until later this month. For now, the cause is undetermined and the investigation is continuing. The owners, Rusty Stenseng and Leeann Smeaton, both of El?Dorado, said they plan to reopen the business as soon as possible, according to information Mayor Mary Olson received. No other details were available at press time.