Investigators learn cause of Copper Creek Cafe fire

GRANGER, Ind. -- Fire investigators believe they have figured out the cause of yesterday's fire at Copper Creek Cafe on the 12000 block of Indiana 23 in Granger.

They suspect the fire started when a cardboard box containing cooking oil was set atop a lit griddle.

An employee extinguished the small fire before placing the box outside the building. Shortly after, the box reignited and the wind blew the flames onto the building.

The fire grew so large that it reached the attic space, a part of the building that all of the businesses in the strip mall share.

Over 10 different area fire departments from Indiana and Michigan responded to help battle the blaze. 

No injuries came about because of the incident.

Crews say all of the building's occupants were able to safely escape.

Copper Creek Cafe is closed for an indefinite amount of time while repairs are being made to the suite.


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