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April 26, 2007

Coffee Landing restaurant burns

COFFEE CITY — A fire during heavy rainstorms that swept through the Lake Palestine area Tuesday night caused extensive damage at the popular Coffee Landing restaurant early Wednesday.

The Coffee City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze at about 3 a.m., and found the building fully engulfed in flames. The restaurant, which opened in 1985, was a total loss. Fire departments from Westside, Frankston and Berryville also helped control the blaze, according to reports.

“It spread quickly and there wasn’t enough water in Lake Palestine to put it out,” said Jennifer Nicholson of the Westside Volunteer Fire Department.

By 10:30 a.m., the fire was essentially out, with Coffee City firefighters watching a few hot spots.

Officials continue to investigate the incident. The investigation is headed by the Smith County Fire Marshall Jim Seaton.

Henderson County Fire Marshall Stacey Glover would have been in charge of the investigation, but she is on medical leave.

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