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Ogden bakery, staple of the community for over 80 years, goes up in flames

Posted at 6:21 AM, Aug 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-31 13:42:07-04

OGDEN, Utah — A bakery went up in flames overnight.

Topper Bakery, located at the 2500 Block of Monroe Blvd., was a staple of the Ogden community for 82 years.

Fire crews were dispatched around 10:07 p.m. Monday where they found the business with flames coming from the roof.

Firefighters said the business was empty at the time and there were no injuries reported after they extinguished the flames.

"This business has been a staple in the Ogden community for over 82 years, we are all saddened by this incident and hope for a speedy recovery for all involved," the department said in a statement.

Neighbors and customers stopped by to get a look at the damage, including the son of the man who started the bakery.

Bud DeRyke said his dad opened Topper Bakery in 1939.

Now 78 years old, Bud said he began working here when he was seven or eight all the way through high school.

Bud said his dad passed away a few years ago, leaving the business to his brother. Then, his brother died last year.

So for Bud, coming here today was a mixture of fond memories and sadness.

“I hated to come to work some days but on a day like today it’s just another family death," Bud said.

The current owners posted on social media Tuesday morning, apologizing to the regular customers about the inconvenience to them as a result of the fire. But also sounded optimistic that they would be back.

And even though investigators still don’t even know what caused the fire, Bud also seems to think it will reopen at some point.

Ogden Fire Department said the building was a total loss with an estimation of $250,000 in damage.