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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