De Soto supports restaurant burned during weekend fire

De Soto supports restaurant burned during weekend fire
De Soto supports restaurant burned during weekend fire

JEFFERSON CO., Mo. (First Alert 4) – Allison Self’s lunch routine is uncertain now that her favorite spot is temporarily closed.

“I’ll probably have to pack a lunch,” she said.

The De Soto City Fire Department said they responded to a fire at Junction Cafe on Main Street just before 6:00 Sunday morning. The restaurant’s owner told First Alert 4 the fire started in a back office space. The owner also said the restaurant was closed at the time and no one was hurt.

Caution tape, burnt supplies and boarded-up windows surround the building, leaving regular customers stunned.

“There’s normally always the same people there,” Self said. “It’s always busy, it’s always got a warm environment to walk into, I can take my kid in there, it’s a diner, a good time.”

Darrell Hinch is the President of Wilburn S. Hinch Inc. accounting firm, located next door to the restaurant. His security camera captured the fire and was shocked to see the extent of the damage.

“My heart definitely goes out to them,” he said. “They’ve been clients and neighbors for years and I hate that this happened to them, I’m hoping they’ll be able to rebuild soon.”

The owner said she is planning on reopening as soon as she can.

Missouri’s Department of Public Safety said they are looking into possible causes of the fire but are ruling it accidental in nature.

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