Family owned Rock Run Cafe & Bakery a complete loss after Tuesday morning fire

WTHI Photo, Lonnie Wiram
WTHI Photo, Lonnie Wiram

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday multiple fire departments were called to the Rock Run Cafe & Bakery in Parke County for an active fire.

We spoke to neighbors who say this is a huge loss for the community as it has been a family business since the 1970’s.

An Assistant Chief from the Rosedale Fire Department declined to go on camera, but he did tell News 10 that flames engulfed the structure of the restaurant when they first arrived on scene. He also said the open construction inside Rock Run Café made conditions so that the fire could spread rapidly.

When News 10 arrived on scene, we found firefighters working tirelessly to put this fire out. Water was hard to come by, as some departments worked to get water from nearby Big Raccoon Creek.

The Rosedale Fire Department told us that no one was inside the building at the time of the fire and that no one was hurt. They also tell us that determining a cause to this fire could take some time, as investigators will need to get inside to make any determinations.

If Rock Run Café and Bakery sounds familiar to you, it might be for several reasons. For one, the restaurant has been around for many years. You may also recall our story from July of 2013 when the Rock Run Café and Bakery won Fork in the Road’s “Best Ribs in the Wabash Valley” contest.

In fact, several passersby told News 10 if the restaurant decides not to rebuild, they will miss the ribs here at the rock run cafe, but they’ll miss the people who operated rock run the most.

One family member told News 10’s Jon Swaner via social media that no decisions have been made in regards to the future of the Rock Run Café and Bakery.

What we do know at this point is that an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway, and that the building is a total loss.