Smoke pours from Dixie Dairy Dreem; could delay opening

Fire at the Dairy Dreem in Moraine. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) — Investigators are looking into what caused a fire to spark at the Dixie Dairy Dreem.

Smoke poured from a Moraine staple Wednesday morning less than two weeks before its anticipated opening. Dixie Dairy Dreem owner Ron Enderle was on his way to finish scrubbing floors.

“As the sign says out front, we’re just cleaning and filling and getting ready to go. There actually wasn’t much on in there,” said Enderle.

He arrived to find fire coming from the attic. The shop has been serving up ice cream to customers since 1953, including Moraine Fire Inspector Doug Hatcher. But his visit Wednesday was strictly business.

“We never like to see any of the businesses in the city — and I’m sure firemen around the area the same way — we never like to see any of the businesses catch on fire,” said Hatcher.

Firefighters called in mutual aid to rotate crews and provide relief from the bitter cold. While fighting fire in the deep freeze is a challenge, they say it’s all part of the job.

“At some points we’ve got to kind of tough it out,” admitted Hatcher.

None of the restaurant’s equipment was damaged in the fire, but Enderle said he doesn’t know the extent of damage to the building.

“I really won’t know until I get inside, get some contractors in there to see where we are,” said Enderle.

He said a lot of people are counting on him opening in the spring, including about a dozen employees. He promises everyone the shop will bounce back.

“I got to do something to get it going again,” said Enderle.

“We want them to stay open and stay prosperous,” said Hatcher.

The sign outside the Dixie Dairy Dreem said the shop was planning on opening March 2. Because of the fire, the owner believes the opening will be delayed, but he will open once damage is repaired.

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