China Palace leveled by the first fire of 2018

Butler City Fire Department as well as the VA Fire Department and the Butler Township ladder truck were requested at the two story structure that includes the China Palace restaurant. Firefighters appeared to be using saws to cut holes in the roof of the structure.

A portion of West Jefferson Street and several surrounding streets have been shut down to allow for crews to fight that fire. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time but damage appears to be severe. The Red Cross will be assisting those affected by this fire.

No one was injured in the fire. The fire started on the 2nd floor, at this time it is unknown how it started.

Credit Bonnie Walters Smiesko

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