First flood, then fire plague bake shop

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- A custom bake shop that's been out of commission three months for flood repair won't reopen Monday as planned because fire damaged the business Wednesday night.

The 10 p.m. blaze started in the northeast corner of the Decadence shop at 123 E. Broadway, according to Fire Chief Shane Garner.

The office was destroyed and smoke damage was sustained through about half the structure, Garner said.

Less than 20 percent of the building was affected by flames, he added. No dollar estimate was available.

Investigators were at the scene this morning trying to determine the cause of the blaze. The building wasn't occupied at the time and no injuries were reported.

The fire is devastating, to say the least, for the business's owner, Marissa Lemay, who opened her shop a year ago.

The building was flooded April 29 when a pipe broke under the kitchen floor and back entryway, forcing closure for repairs. She had planned to reopen Monday, but was told this morning by reconstruction crews that cleanup and repair from the fire will take three to four weeks.

But she's buoyed by support she's received.

"I want to thank the firefighters who caught (the blaze) early and all the people who've called and come by," she said. "I appreciate it."

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