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'We've lost a definite landmark' after Milan cafe destroyed by fire

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Posted at 7:34 AM, Nov 26, 2020

MILAN, Ind. — The Hog Rock Cafe, a longtime fixture in the small town of Milan, was reduced to rubble by an overnight fire on Wednesday. One by one, heartbroken customers stopped by on Thanksgiving to look at the wreckage.

“Not only have we lost a local business that struggled through and made it through COVID, now we’ve lost a definite landmark and we’ve lost a lot of history,” said Mrala Eedoch, who worked at the restaurant as a teenager.

A member of the cafe's staff told WCPO via Facebook Thursday afternoon: "We would prefer not to talk today. We are heartbroken and devastated."

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday night.

Firefighters said the fire started Wednesday night on the second floor of the building and spread to the roof. By the time fire teams arrived at 10 p.m., the fire was so hot none of them could actually enter the building.

They battled it from outside, dousing it early Thursday morning. The damage was so severe that part of the structure collapsed during the night, firefighters said.

No injuries were reported in the fire.