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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Fonk's building burns, owners plan to re-open


March 26, 2020

A Main Street view of Fonk's the morning after the fire.

The Fonk's building in Colfax stands condemned, a week after a three-alarm fire burned its interior and roof to the ground, its owners vowing to rebuild as the investigation is held back, the structure deemed unsafe to enter.

The Colfax Fire Department turned over control of the 1892 building's remains March 19 to its owners, the Warwick family, after monitoring the structure for two days.

Firefighters sprayed water on and off until 4 a.m. the second morning after the St. Patrick's Day fire.

The building housed Fonk's Coffeehouse, along with warehouse space for the Warwicks' Sport Town col...

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