The popular El Dorado Bakery building on Congress Avenue is a near total loss after a fully-involved fire engulfed the business during the early morning hours on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.
Firefighters first responded to the possibility of a fire at 23 Congress Ave.
Dep. Chief Robert Cameron and his crew quickly found smoke, though, coming from 18 Congress Ave. – the site of El Dorado.
They ordered a working fire assignment and crews began to advance hose lines into the building.
Not long after that, the conditions deteriorated quickly and a second alarm had to be struck.
All companies were ordered out of the building and firefighters took a defensive attack – noting that the business is in a very densely populated area of the downtown.
Mutual aid crews were summonsed and occupants at 24 Congress St. had to be evacuated from their homes as firefighters worked to put out heavy flames.
The building became fully involved and the roof soon collapsed.
Luckily, there were no occupants in the business and no firefighters were injured. Total losses to the property, though, totaled more than $400,000.
Fire crews had to work the scene until 4 p.m. the next day.