The Golden Dawn Diner in Maple Shade, Burlington County, caught fire and burned for hours last night into this morning, forcing the owners to close the eatery for at least the near future.
Local firefighters called in help from area departments to help battle the two-alarm blaze, which shot through the roof. No injuries were reported. It was not clear who was in the diner at at the time the fire that broke out about 11:15 p.m. Sunday - shortly after closing.
Officials declared the fire under control shortly before 1:30 a.m. today. Much of the interior was destroyed.
The diner has been a fixture on the eastbound lane of Route 38 for decades, just off the cloverleaf with Route 73 and Kings Highway.
"It is with heavy hearts that we share this news with you this morning: A fire last night at the Golden Dawn has forced us to close our doors," said a message on the diner's Facebook page about 5:30 this morning.
"Words cannot express the amount of gratitude we feel toward you & your years of patronage & loyalty. We have shared many good times & memories & we hope to be back soon," the message continued. "Sincerely, The Photiou & Romanos Families."
The cause of the fire was not yet available and was under investigation as of this morning.
Check back for details as they develop.