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By Rebecca Sunshine

Fire badly damages small town cafe


HORNICK, Iowa (KTIV) - An early morning fire in Hornick, Iowa caused major damage to that small town's cafe.  It's the fourth fire in rural Woodbury County Iowa in just two weeks.

Authorities say they got the call around eight Wednesday morning that there was a fire at the Main Street Grill Cafe at 312 Main Street in Hornick.

There were folks inside at the time, but they all got out safely.  Hornick's Fire Chief said he thinks the fire began in the back of the building.

"The cause of the fire is still under investigation we believe it started in the back of the cafe. Not in the kitchen part itself... the building is an old bowling alley that was converted into a cafe on the front half... so the back end's been kind of a storage area for many years. So we believe it's electrical but it's still under investigation," explained Tom Dirks.

At the fire's peak, there were eight fire crews on scene.  They were Salix, Sloan, Hornick, Whiting, Moville, Smithland, Bronson, and Oto.

Fire fighters faced freezing cold temperatures to get the fire under control.  You could see many of them walking around with icicles on their uniforms.  Still, they did have the fire out within three hours.

Authorities are hoping that the owners will be able to salvage the cafe.  Those owners are George and Deanna Gartner.  They are insured, but at this time they don't know if they will rebuild.

The Main Street Grill and Cafe is something of a Siouxland landmark.  A scene for the horror movie "Children of the Corn" was filmed there 25 years ago.

The movie, based on a Stephen King short story, was set in a fictional town in Nebraska, but it filmed in and around Whiting and Hornick, Iowa.

The scene in the cafe prominently featured a couple of Wells' Blue Bunny signs.


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