Fire heavily damages downtown building
Fire heavily damaged a commercial photography studio early Wednesday in a downtown building that houses a restaurant and fitness business, Durham fire officials said. No one was hurt.
Firefighters were called at 2:23 a.m. to the three-story building at 118 W. Parrish St. near the former Jack Tar motel and parking deck, and saw heavy smoke on the third floor, Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi of the Durham Fire Department said.
Flames heavily damaged DayMeetsNight Photography, destroying a room and causing severe fire and heat damage to a second part of the studio and roof, Iannuzzi said.
A second-floor fitness studio, Ready Set Fitness, sustained severe water damage, and a first-floor restaurant – 118 Got Soul – also had water damage. No adjacent buildings, including the historic Mechanics & Farmers Bank, were affected, according to Iannuzzi.
Forty-eight firefighters responded, bringing the blaze under control in about an hour. They were at the scene more than three hours.
The cause of the fire was being investigated Wednesday, but apparently started in the photography studio, officials said.
Owner Alan Song said his business has been at the Parrish Street location for about 10 years. He said he specializes in commercial photography locally and for government agencies.
Anthony Jones, owner and operator of Ready Set Fitness, said he was assessing the extent of water damage and hopes to reopen in the next four or five days.
The building is owned by Eno Ventures of Durham, according to Kimberly Clark, who manages the property.
“Right now, we’re just trying to get things cleaned up,” she said. “And we’re waiting for the insurance adjuster. But the businesses will be up and running as soon as they possibly can.”