LEWISTON, ID - At about 10:00 p.m. Monday evening the Lewiston Fire Department and Police Department were dispatched to a reported possible explosion with fire at 854 Main Street, the Emperor of India Restaurant. First arriving units found heavy fire and smoke coming from all windows on the Main Street side of the business.
According to the Lewiston Fire Department, the first engine company attacked the fire with the deck gun, a very large monitor that puts out greater than 500 gallons per minute. Crews were able to keep the fire to the building of origin and had the main body of the fire under control in less than 20 minutes. There was some fire, smoke and water damage to the business just to the west of the fire building. The Wells Fargo Bank just to the east of the fire building did not receive any fire damage, but there was a slight smell of smoke in parts of the upstairs.
After a search all floors of the building, crews determined everyone had made it out of the structure. The cause is still under investigation. Fire crews from Lewiston, Clarkston, Wheatland and Clearwater Paper Fire responded to the fire with 4 engines, 1 ladder truck, 2 ambulances, 4 command units, 2 fire investigators and 1 rehab unit, for a total of 25 personnel. LPD, Lewiston Public Works and Avista also assisted with the incident. Crews remained on scene for numerous hours putting out hot spots throughout the night.