Thursday, September 3, 2015

Landmark diner in Maple Shade burns


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.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
Also on
letter icon Newsletter