Approximately 10 people are now without a home after a fire broke out at the Blakeslee Diner on Route 115 in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County.
The call came in for a "working fire" just before 8 a.m. Friday. Crews arrived to find the backside of the diner completely ablaze, and the flames quickly spread to the upstairs apartments, according to fire Chief Troy Counterman.
Luckily, no one was hurt, but even with the help of nine other fire companies, Counterman said the damage was extensive.
The fire affected about a dozen apartments above the diner.
As to whether the damage is repairable, Counterman stated, "It's going to be up to the insurance company. The building got a lot smoke and water damage. The rear of the structure has a lot of fire damage, so we'll let the insurance company figure that out."
A state police fire marshal was on scene late Friday morning to determine the cause. Counterman said investigators believe the fire began outside the building.
The American Red Cross was also on scene to help the displaced residents.