Updated at 4:54 p.m.
SIOUX CITY | Fire officials won't be able to determine what caused Saturday's early morning fire at the Normandy Building until the roof is removed, Sioux City Fire Marshal Mark Aesoph said.
The roof is in danger of collapsing after the fire, which was reported at 6:25 a.m. and took hours to extinguish.
“We’ve got to remove it, pick it off, piece by piece,” Aesoph said Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire, at 38th Street and Hamilton Boulevard, from spreading to nearby properties.
Updated at 2:25 p.m.
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SIOUX CITY | Maita Saidoff fondly recalls some of the Normandy Restaurant's most popular dishes, crepes filled with creamed chicken and corn fritters.
"The crepes were to die for," Saidoff said. "And the corn fritters, those were the two things that stood out on the buffet table."
The historical building was heavily damaged by fire early Saturday morning.
Sioux City Fire Chief Tom Everett said crews were able to prevent damage to attached businesses and properties, but the Normandy Building itself was severely damaged.
The fire's cause has yet to be determined.
Saidoff said she was sad to see the Normandy Restaurant close, and she's sad to see the building in such a state.
"They used to have luncheons back in the olden days, and card parties," she said. "In those days that was the way things were. Now everybody wants to get in and get out in a hurry, it's fast food, times have changed."
SIOUX CITY | A fire tore through a building near 38th Street and Hamilton Boulevard early Saturday, sending flames and thick smoke into the sky. No injuries were reported.
The two-alarm fire was in the former Normandy Restaurant, 3726 Summit St. Heavy damage could be seen from the street. Portions of the roof were destroyed.
Fire Chief Tom Everett said crews were able to save attached businesses and property. A gas station, dance studio and other businesses are nearby. Utility company officials also responded to the scene.
The fire was reported at 6:25 a.m.
Fire Marshal Mark Aesoph said the fire caused extensive damage to the main building, which is in danger of collapsing. A cause has not been determined.
The Normandy opened in 1952 and housed other businesses in later years. It also was known as the Normandy Hunt Club and Botticelli Ristorante Italiano. It most recently was Normandy Art Studios.
The oldest parts of the building date to the 1930s.