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Fire destroys Tignish restaurant

Cousin's Restaurant, a centrepiece of the community of Tignish in western P.E.I., was struck by fire overnight Wednesday.
Three fire departments worked to save Cousin's Restaurant in Tignish. (Submitted by Charlotte Murphy)

Cousin's Restaurant, a centrepiece of the community of Tignish in western P.E.I., was struck by fire overnight Wednesday.

The fire started at about 11:30 p.m., not long after a dinner theatre show at the restaurant ended. There was no one in the building at the time. Everyone had left about 20 minutes before it was called in to the local volunteer fire department.

"We called in Alberton, Miminigash," Tignish deputy chief Allan Gavin told CBC News Thursday morning.

"We probably had about 40, 45 firefighters and several tankers hauling water." 

Gavin said a number of additions to the building made it tough to knock back the flames, and the roof caved in rendering the building a total loss.

The fire marshal is on the scene Thursday morning to try to determine the cause.

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