Personnel from the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op said this morning’s fire at the south store appears to have been contained to the annex building, where community events are often scheduled. It appears there were no injuries.
The comment came with the qualification that the Co-op is still learning details as the day proceeds – and that they will inform the public at each step.
First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op made the following statement on their Facebook page: “We’re sad to share that there was a structural fire at our South Store location at 1007 SE Third St. in the early morning of Friday, Jan. 29. We’re still in the process of assessing the damage, but meanwhile, this location will remain closed until further notice. We will provide more information as soon as we are able. Our North Store will continue to be open 8am-8pm. We are grateful to the fire departments who responded quickly to the call, and we truly appreciate the support of our Owners, shoppers, and community that we value so much.”
Reported by Andy Thompson, Photo from Reporter Lauren Zatkos