UPDATE: Investigation to begin into cause of South Sioux City grocery store fire
Structure fire in South Sioux City, NE
Sergeant Bluff Fire crews are also on scene
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NE (KTIV) -
A fire in South Sioux City Wednesday afternoon destroyed everything inside a 20-year-old grocery store.
Laos Asian Market opened in 1996, on the busy 9th and Dakota Streets.
Fire officials say the fire started around ten a.m. in the northeast corner of the building.
They say police were able to get employees and customers out before fire crews arrived on scene.
Sergeant Bluff Fire and Rescue assisted the South Sioux City Fire Department in fighting the fire and smoke because it reached the roof and rafters of the store.
Officials say, they don't know the full extent of damages at this time.
"Probably going to be a lot, lots of heavy smoke damage and you know, darkened down pretty good in there," said Matthew Rector, fire captain for the South Sioux City Fire Department. "So, it'll be a lot of damage inside."
"All the people are safe, all the customers got out safe," said Sam Thongphet, owner of Laos Asian Market. "So, I'm happy with that. But, I'm still shocked and sad about my loss right there, you know? So, it's been a long time we build this thing and business and now it's all gone, so it's terrible."
Thongphet said he was not at the store when the fire started.
"I went to Walmart, I came back to the stop sign right there and I saw all the customers my wife and my boy were running out in front of the building and crying out there. So, my reaction was it sucks, you know," said Thongphet.
"Pretty fortunate that they were able to get out in time with PD here on scene being able to help shuffle everybody out," said Matthew Rector, fire captain for the South Sioux City Fire Department. "Because when we got here, there was pretty heavy fire extension in the back, heavy fire load in the back. So, yeah they were pretty fortunate to get out."
The Red Cross also came on scene to help anyone displaced by the fire.
At this time, we don't know the cause of the fire.
But the Fire Marshal and Fire Chief will start their investigation Thursday.
Fire and police crews are on scene of a structure fire at Laos Asian Market in South Sioux City.
The owner said the market was open when the fire started around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The Laos Asian Market owner said there were customers inside when the fire started but everyone is okay.
The owner adds he doesn't know the cause but that he believes it may have started in the back of the building near the kitchen.
Some of the streets around the building have been blocked off.
Sergeant Bluff Fire crews are also on scene of the fire.
KTIV will have more information on News 4 at Noon.
The owner says he doesn't know the cause but that he believes it may have started in the back of the building near the kitchen. pic.twitter.com/P2LtLSCErV