Fire tears through historic Mason Depot Diner

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MASON, MI (WILX) - A couple of firefighters are recovering from heat exhaustion after fighting an intense fire at a historic restaurant earlier this evening.

Active fire at Mason Depot Diner. (Source WILX)

It started around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1, at the diner located at 111 Mason Street.

There were multiple crews on the scene for more than 2 hours.

Mason Fire Chief Kerry Minshall said the fire at the Mason Depot Diner burned about 500 degrees.

The fire was initially reported after the owners of the diner smelled something burning in their basement.

They also saw flames coming out of the water heater.

Five different fire departments responded to help fight the fire.

Fire Chief Minshall said the hot weather made it even more difficult for firefighters.

"It's extremely hot today so it's real hard on the firefighters so about five minutes maybe ten at the max and we had to take them out and re-hydrate them and have their blood pressure checked so we were rotating a lot firefighters in and out of the basement," Minshall said.

Fire Chief Minshall said the investigation into what caused the fire won't start until Tuesday morning.

He also said the owners, Kathy and Rod Hunt, who live above the restaurant will have to find another place to live for a while.

The Mason Depot Dine was originally a railroad depot transformed into an eatery for pizza, burgers, and fries.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

According to their Facebook page, they are only open from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

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