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Fire causes $500,000 damage at family run bakery in uptown Charlotte

No injuries were reported late Friday and early Saturday in a three-alarm fire that heavily damaged a family-run bakery in uptown Charlotte, authorities said.

Numerous calls came in to 911 shortly before midnight from people reporting a fire at the Fourth Ward Bread Company, in the 300 block of North Graham Street, Charlotte fire Capt. Rob Brisley said.

Firefighters arrived with minutes and found flames and smoke coming from the side of the building. Brisley said 70 firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Brian Kurzel brought the fire under control in a little less than an hour.

Crews were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to adjacent buildings, authorities said.

Crews were forced to close portions of West Sixth and North Graham streets in the early-morning hours Saturday as they battled the blaze and then cleaned up.

Fourth Ward Bread Company opened a year ago this month and is popular with Fourth Ward residents and those who work in the area. The Showtime series “Homeland” staged a segment of one of its shows inside the bakery.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire was accidental, due to an electrical short in a kitchen appliance, Brisley said. Damage was estimated at $500,000.

The American Red Cross was at the scene during the night, providing assistance for firefighters and other emergency personnel.

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