TEMPLE CITY (CBSLA.com) — A Denny’s restaurant in Temple City was ravaged by a second-alarm fire early Thursday morning.
Officials said no injuries were reported.
Flames broke out at about 3 a.m. at the restaurant, 5603 Rosemead Blvd., and firefighters got a handle on it within about 40 minutes, Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Michael Pittman said.
The restaurant was open the fire erupted, with three employees and 10 customers inside at the time. They were all able to make it out safely.
The fire started in the building’s façade, Pittman said. The façade and the Denny’s sign mounted on the outside of the restaurant both collapsed in the fire.
Patron Tom Grabowsky said he would miss the place until it returned.
“It’s just heartbreaking to see this,” he said, “it put a lump in my throat.” He said the people who work here are like family.
CBS 2’s Amy Johnson spoke to the restaurant’s owner who said he would rebuild at the location. He also told her his priority was finding employment at other Denny’s for his staff of about 30.
The cause is under investigation.
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