Friday, March 6, 2015

Fire damages popular New Hope bakery

C'est La Vie "will be closed for a few days," fire chief says.

Fire damages popular New Hope bakery

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C'est La Vie bakery in New Hope.

A fire caused by an old stovepipe damaged a popular New Hope bakery Saturday morning, fire officials said.

Bakers at C’est La Vie, off South Main Street, were working when the fire broke out about 6 a.m., said Tom Markey, chief of the New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company.

No one was injured, and the fire was contained to the building’s first floor, which houses the bakery and the owners’ living quarters, Markey said.

The bakery “will be closed for a few days,” the chief said.

Damages were estimated at $10,000. The fire was put out within an hour, and a vacant second-floor apartment was not damaged, Markey said.  

C’est La Vie , owned by Jane and Joel Vitart, is down an alley off South Main Street, near the Delaware River. It is behind Gerenser’s Exotic Ice Cream and across South Main Street from the Marsha Brown restaurant.

The small bakery, known for its pastries and desserts, has a few tables crammed inside, with French music playing in the background, according to customers’ online posts. In good weather, there’s a small outdoor seating area.

The Vitarts could not be reached for comment.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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