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January 17, 2003

Cook County - Small flames still flickered Friday morning at the Catfish House of Adel, after a late night fire brought the entire building to ashes.

"We got the call around 10:25 Thursday night staying the restaurant was on fire," said Allen Newbern, Fireman. "It was fully involved and we had to battle the blazes for about 2 hours."

Now all that's left of the popular South Georgia restaurant is chair frames, ashes, and smoke. Karen McGowan lives right next door and witnessed the blazes.

"There was fire shooting out of the top of the building, and I was so scared it was going to spread to my home," said McGowan.

Luckily, the wind was blowing in the opposite direction and Karen's home, less than 50 yards away, didn't receive any damage.

"I couldn't even go to sleep from the fear that it might spread to our house because of how bad the wind was blowing," said McGowan.

Investigators don't know who may have started the fire or why they might have done it. The Catfish House was open for business Thursday night, but was closed and empty when the fire started.

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