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Norman Storm ruins creations in custom cake shop

Tornado in Norman turns cake creations into messy debris.
by Andrew Knittle Published: April 14, 2012

— Christie England's custom cake shop, Sugar, lost parts of its roof, both front windows and several one-of-a-kind creations late Friday afternoon after a tornado raked across downtown Norman.

England was working in her shop with a couple of her employees when the twister struck her business, near Webster and Gray avenues. The area, including Andrews Park just to the north, was among the hardest hit in Norman. A shopping center across the street was littered with mangled steel, likely sections of roof that once covered nearby buildings.

“It actually happened pretty fast,” England said. “All of the glass pulled in, so we jumped in the walk-in. When we came out, we'd lost two front windows, a side window and we're just trying to save wedding cakes right now.”

After a quick survey of the battered interior of her usually neat and clean shop, England detailed her losses heading into the weekend — her busiest time of the week.

“This whole wall was actually full of wedding cakes and we had a few birthday cakes that were actually finished,” she said. “Everything, all together, it's at least $3,000.”

Josh Henning, an employee at Sugar, played the role of hero when the tornado touched down near the business, which is across the street from the Norman Public Library.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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