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Fire damages a Rhinelander restaurant

Fire crews outside R&T's Dinky Diner
Katie Thoresen
Fire crews outside R&T's Dinky Diner

Fire hit a Rhinelander restaurant yesterday evening.

Emergency crews responded to R&T’s Dinky Diner on Thayer Street around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Smoke was seen coming from the building, and Thayer and Phillips Streets were blocked off for a time while the firefighting effort was underway.

WJFW Television reports crews moved from the diner to stairs leading to apartments above it, and that a ventilation hole had to be cut into the top of the building.

Crews from several area departments were on the scene, and started packing up around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, the entrance to the diner was blocked with yellow tape.

The Rhinelander Fire Department says the diner is considered a total loss.

Adjacent apartments were evacuated safely, and no one was hurt.

Six residents have been temporarily displaced due to power and gas being turned off to the units.

The Red Cross is helping them with temporary shelter.

The cause of the fire is still being looked into.

John Burton is the WXPR Morning Edition Host.
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