Firefighters from several departments were called around 4:30 Tuesday morning to a fire believed to have originated in or near Raapers (rappers) Eatery and Ale building in Alexandria. Reports indicate the fire also affected three other buildings including RM Tattoo, Charlies’ Bazaar and Little Darlings. Quincy Roers works at nearby Roers Bakery just north of the fire:

“Smoke coming out of one of the apartment windows above Raapers — there were squad cars already sitting there so we knew they were aware of the situation. And from there it escalated smoke started pouring out of every single opening and window available.”

Roers says apartments above the businesses were evacuated:

“They said everybody was accounted for in the apartments and the buildings below so there was no physical damage to anybody that I heard of.”