BREAKING: Fire burns Cafe Genevieve

JACKSON, WY — UPDATE: Jackson Fire Chief Brady Hansen said Fire/EMS’s quick response “really was the difference of getting there in time to save this historic landmark.”

The fire started outside of the building, worked its way up and into the eaves of the attic and the exterior. Flames just barely reached inside the kitchen, but still plenty of heat and smoke damage, Hansen said.

Hansen said he’s grateful the crew was able to react as quickly as they did. “We’d be heartbroken if we were unable to save such a historic building.”

UPDATE: The state fire Marshall is on his way to investigate the cause of the fire. He’s bringing arson dogs just to rule out all possible causes, said Jackson Fire Marshal Kathy Clay. All that’s known for now is the fire started on the exterior of the restaurant but worked its way into the kitchen. A pine tree also caught fire, sending flames high into the air.

ORIGINAL: Initial reports indicate an electrical fire set flame to a shed and an exterior wall of Cafe Genevieve at roughly 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, but the official cause is still under investigation. Flames reached the back kitchen wall and owner Fred Peightal told Buckrail the majority of the fire damage was contained to the shed, the kitchen area and the exterior wall of the the main Van Vleck House. There are no reported injuries at this time.

In a post on Cafe Genevive’s Instagram account, they said, “We will be closed for the unforeseeable future. We’ll update you all when we know more and formulate a plan to move forward.”

This is a developing story. We will update as we learn more.

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