Fire Destroys Popular Clarence Business

October 18, 2011 Updated Oct 18, 2011 at 6:52 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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October 18, 2011 Updated Oct 18, 2011 at 6:52 PM EDT

Clarence, NY (WKBW) - A Friday evening fire has destroyed a popular Clarence farm market. A faulty electrical cord is to blame for the blaze that destroyed Ken Spoth's Farm Market on County Road. Owner Sue Kelkenberg, daughter of Ken Spoth, says the business has been operating for 30 years and has been transformed from a small road-side stand into a produce market, gift shop, and bakery. Kelkenberg and another employee were inside the building when the flames broke out.

"We smelled smoke, immediately opened the back door and saw the building was on fire. We got out and called 911," said Kelkenberg.

Luckily no one was hurt. The market is a popular destination in Clarence and countless residents are.hoping the family can rebuild and reopen the farm market. Kelkenberg thanks everyone in the community, including the fire crews for their support during this difficult time. She'll now use the upcoming winter months to figure out if the farm market will continue. Damage is estimated at $300,000.

"I don't have plans at the moment," added Kelkenberg. "In my heart I would love to reopen, but right now we'll take one day at a time (to decide) and go from there."