Flames roared through an iconic Belleview restaurant early Wednesday morning after a fire broke out in the facility’s kitchen.
Multiple crews from Marion County Fire Rescue responded to the blaze at Aunt Fannie’s Restaurant at 12:05 a.m. after receiving reports of a commercial structure fire and heavy smoke coming from the roof of the building. Belleview Police officers responded and reported the business, located at 6147 Abshier Blvd., to be closed with a fire in the kitchen area, a report says.
Belleview Engine Company #18 arrived on scene at 12:09 a.m. to find heavy smoke conditions with flames through the roof of the structure. Firefighter/Paramedics on Rescue #18 forced entry into the building to complete a primary search and additional firefighters from Silver Springs Shores Station #17, Rolling Greens Station #18, Spruce Creek Station #30 and Villages of Marion Station #10 soon arrived to assist in battling the blaze.
A district captain established command as the fire was found to be in the attic space and the roof compromised. It was soon discovered that an air handler on the roof had fallen into the structure and evacuation tones were sounded, with all firefighters accounted for and safe.
After a second alarm was established, a division chief arrived and took command of battling the fire. Two district captains were assigned to handle operations and interior operations and additional units from Shady Station #16 and Anthony Station #1 arrived as part of the second alarm.
Interior operation firefighters worked feverously to attack the fire in the attic space. Additional firefighters completed vertical ventilation of the roof and the fire was called under control at 12:56 a.m.
Forty-one firefighters and seven suppression units battled the blaze, with no injuries being reported. The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation by MCFR’s Fire Marshal’s Office.