Restaurant Destroyed by Fire in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- A fire destroyed a restaurant in Wilkes-Barre.

Firefighters were called to Valley Diner on Kidder Street around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Crews say the roof collapsed as flames ripped through the place.

According to fire officials, there was no one inside the diner at the time of the fire. It was closed for the night. No nearby businesses were affected.

No firefighters were injured battling the blaze, which was so big they were pulled outside to battle the flames for their own safety.

Due to the fire, Kidder Street is closed from Mundy Street to the Wyoming Valley Mall entrance.

"All I could see was just giant flames going through the sky," said Devin Ringler, a King's College student. "I couldn't see anything else, just flames and smoke."

"There were flames on top of the, on the roof, it was really big, it was crazy," added Rachel Galante, a King's College student.

Folks from miles away saw the flames and smoke.

Jeffery Harvey of Plymouth said, "There was a lot of flames a lot of smoke and it was just heartbreaking just to see one of our favorite restaurants just be destroyed like that."

"It was devastating because from where I live I could see like the smoke on the house, just knowing from that far away, I was like 'oh boy, that's not good'," explained Zachary Harvey of Plymouth.

The Valley Diner opened in January. The place used to be the Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon.

The cause of Sunday night's blaze is under investigation.

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