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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Fonk's investigation starts up, stops again

 

A path through the debris is cleared by investigators May 28. Upper left: Investigators confer with Fonk's owner Amy Warwick.

COLFAX – Fire investigation resumed last week at the Fonk's building in Colfax, then shut down again due to a partial second-floor collapse and shift in the building's walls.

The building was closed-off again and tear-down may begin this week.

"We're working with companies to get that building taken down as safely as possible," said Joel Warwick, co-owner. "We're trying to hurry to get that done."

He gave a target of no later than Monday, June 8.

Demolition companies now confer with private fire investigators on how to take down part of the building – to make it safer – then stop to a...



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