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Crews respond to fire in Hamilton restaurant

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HAMILTON, Ill. (WGEM) - A Hamilton restaurant was heavily damaged after a fire broke out Friday morning.

Hamilton Asst. Fire Chief Mark Menn said firefighters were called to the Hamilton Family Cafe on Keokuk Street at 10 a.m. Crews were able to knock down the fire fairly quickly, but there was still "substantial damage" to the building. Menn said there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. The Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office is expected to investigate.

The Warsaw Fire Department was also called in to assist.

Warsaw Fire Chief Steve Siegrest says the caller reported the fire started in the ceiling and employees were evacuating the restaurant. Crews saw heavy, black smoke coming from the building when they arrived.

One of the waitresses working at the time of the fire said there were about 20 customers in the restaurant.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office says part of Highway 136 is open after being closed for a short amount of time.

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