2-Alarm Fire Destroys Popular Millis Restaurant

Flames left nothing but a sign and plenty of memories after it ripped through a popular Millis, Massachusetts restaurant in a 2-alarm fire overnight.

The blaze happened at about 12:30 a.m. at Budabing's 50's Cafe, officials said.

"It started outside and worked its way in and that's what we're trying to rule out right now," said Millis Fire Chief Rick Barrett.

The fire, which started near the rear of the Main Street restaurant, became complicated to battle after the roof collapsed and snapped a gas line.

Columbia Gas assisted with the response and shut off service to the building so crews could better battle the blaze.

No injuries were reported and the eatery was empty at the time of the fire. The structure was severely damaged and the roof collapsed, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Customers who frequent the restaurant were sad to hear about the blaze.

"They have the best breakfast there. It's the best," said one teenage girl. "I used to go there like every Saturday and Sunday. I was going to work there when I was 16. I guess that's not going to happen now.

Another customer said the restaurant was one of a few places to have breakfast.

"They serve breakfast all day so people go there. One of the only breakfast spots we have in the area right now," said the customer.

A nearby apartment building that houses 20 tenants was evacuated as a precaution, authorities said. 

As a result of the investigation, Route 109 was closed for a few hours. As of 6:30 a.m., the road was reopened. 

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