A second-alarm fire heavily damaged a Denny’s restaurant in Temple City Thursday, but no one was injured and firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to an adjacent bank in the same building.
Firefighters sent to the 5600 block of Rosemead Boulevard shortly before 3 a.m. extinguished the flames in the single-story structure in about 40 minutes, said county fire Inspector Joey Marron.
A cook inside the restaurant, which was open for business, smelled smoke and called authorities, Marron said. All occupants were evacuated safely, Marron said.
Arriving firefighters saw flames burning through the roof, and the facade of the structure collapsed, Marron said.
The firefighters then went into a defensive mode, pouring water on the building from the outside, and they prevented the flames from spreading to the adjacent bank, which was protected by a firewall, Marron said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation. The damage to the restaurant was “extensive,” but a dollar loss was not immediately available, Marron said.
—City News Service