Firefighters investigate fire damaging restaurant in Dixon, Mo.

Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 2:01 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2022 at 4:29 PM CDT
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DIXON, Mo. (KY3) - The Missouri Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a fire at a restaurant in Dixon.

Firefighters responded to the Wagon Wheel restaurant around 5 a.m. on Thursday. Fire Chief Dennis Lachowicz says they were able to respond within minutes.

“We were informed that there was a fire alarm and a motion detector going off. We did a primary search in case somebody was in the building. We found nobody. We found no hotspots inside using a thermal imager.”

Investigators say a smoke and motion detector notified firefighters of the fire. Nobody was injured in the fire. The fire marshall ruled the cause of the fire as undetermined.

Wayne Brandt owns the business next door. His building was not damaged, but he said he was sad to see this happen to a local restaurant.

“It’s just a gathering place where people used to enjoy coming and getting some coffee,” said Brandt.

He said the restaurant was struggling in the aftermath of COVID-19.

“They were only staying open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. So it was kind of a dine-in situation. She told me this morning that they were thinking yesterday about trying to open up the Thursday through Monday and be open more days because they got a new cook. She was supposed to start this weekend,” said Brandt.

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