A Jackson County butcher shop and store burned after a fire broke out in the smokehouse, firefighters said.
Firefighters from Silverton, Ravenswood and Ripley responded to the Sandy Creek Farms butcher shop and store just before noon Monday. The store, which was located on Silverton Road, was a total loss, Silverton Fire Chief Jason Baltic said.
Baltic said the owner had been working in the building when he found the fire in the smokehouse. He ran to get a fire extinguisher but left the door to the smokehouse open. When he returned, the fire was "too much" for him to handle alone.
Baltic said more than 20 firefighters were on hand at the scene.
Once the fire got into the roof, the firefighters knew they wouldn't be able to stop it, he said. The roof of the building, which had several layers of ice and snow, collapsed in two sections.
When it came down the first time, he said, the firefighters fell back. Two firefighters, one from Silverton and another from Ravenswood, were standing in the area of the second collapse but were not injured, Baltic said.
He said he had no idea what caused the fire but that it did not appear to be suspicious in nature.The cause remains under investigation.