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Fire Guts Diner in Luzerne County

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Flames ripped through a diner in Luzerne County Monday night. It happened around 9 p.m. at Flamingo Diner on Route 11 near West Nantico...

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Flames ripped through a diner in Luzerne County Monday night. It happened around 9 p.m. at Flamingo Diner on Route 11 near West Nanticoke.

What was once a happy place along Route 11 is now a charred mess. Chairs and tables, food, and more all burned in a blaze Monday night.

The Flamingo Diner was closed at the time of the fire with no one inside.

"It's a nice little place, the people were real friendly. It was a good place to hang out once in a while and the food was good," said Mike Dezinski of Plymouth.

Regulars showed up around breakfast time to take a look around.

"I'm 59 years old and it's been here the whole time I've known. I used to live up the road and I remember 59 years ago it was the Flamingo. The people that owned it were really nice people, name is Bruce, and the one who runs the place, she is really nice. It's just a shame this happened," said Randy Eckrote of Plymouth.

While the damage inside the diner is extensive, some are hopeful the diner will one day reopen.

"There were seven fire departments here, so it was bad. I was kind of sad because my wife wanted to go there and eat and she never got the chance to," said Brian Miller of Hunlock Creek.

Investigators believe the fire was accidental.