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Huntington pizza restaurant catches fire, employees and customers evacuate

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) - Diners in a Huntington restaurant evacuated Friday afternoon when a fire broke out inside the building.

The Huntington Fire Department fought the blaze inside Pizza Junction Cafe for several hours, but owner Austen Dettling says he thinks the more than a century old building is beyond repair.

Dettling doesn’t know what caused the fire, but says he’s grateful the employees and customers all got out safely.

He was at home when a long-time employee called him.

"She was really shaken up on the phone,"Dettling said of his employee. "I was at home mowing. I just ran, got in my truck and got here as fast as I could. As I was coming down, I saw smoke, and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is not good. This is not good.’"

Pizza Junction Cafe was in its 39th year of business as a family-run business.

Dozens of community members came out to support the owners.

Dettling says they will rebuild.

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