A local family has suffered another blow after their Van Buren restaurant was damaged by fire early Friday.
Van Buren firefighters responded to a fire at C&C Catfish at 50 Rena Road in Van Buren, owned by Brian and Alicson Reding, at about 2:43 a.m. Friday, said fire prevention officer Marvin Stout with the Van Buren Fire Department.
"The first truck on the scene said there was heavy smoke and flames showing and it was on the porch," Stout said. "The whole porch was burning."
Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which had not yet reached the interior, Stout said.
Fire damage was relegated to the porch and exterior of the building while the interior suffered water and smoke damage, he said.
The Redings plan to repair the restaurant and reopen once everything is cleaned up, Stout said. A total damages cost has not yet been determined, he said.
No injuries were reported. The 911 call came from someone driving by at the time of the fire, Stout said.
A cause of the fire is under investigation. Van Buren police are assisting, Stout said. Firefighters remained at the scene until about 4:30 a.m., Stout said.
The couple lost their Cedarville home to fire Jan. 9. When firefighters arrived that morning, the house was at least 50 percent involved in the fire and beyond saving, said Cedarville Fire Chief Jessie Hyatt.
Hyatt called the house a total loss, and the home was uninsured. The Redings shared the home with their two teenage children, though no one was there at the time of the fire, Hyatt said
Alicson Reding is the former Cedarville treasurer who resigned from her position with the city in April 2014. She was investigated and charged with seven felony counts of theft of property, alleging she stole a total of $295,879.85 from the city since 2008.
Reding has since pleaded guilty to one count of theft of property as the result of a plea-agreement, reimbursed the City of Cedarville $245,000, and was sentenced to 20 years probation and to pay remaining restitution, fines, fees and costs.