“We received a call around 4:30 A.M. reporting a structure fire at the Depot Restaurant,” reported Glendale Fire Chief Heath Ryan. “Within six minutes we were on the scene and had the fire under control in about one hour.”
“The entire second floor was destroyed by the fire,” added Ryan.
The owner of the restaurant, Tony York, was asleep in the second floor apartment when the fire started.
“He was awakened by heat on his hand,” said front of-the-house manager Linda Burns. “It was the heat that woke him up.
“Tony was out of the house once and went back in for his keys and wallet. That's when he got burned,” reported Burns.
“The exact cause of the fire is undetermined at the moment,” said Ryan. “The state fire marshal is here investigating.
“The second floor of the restaurant suffered heavy smoke and fire damage, “ added Ryan. “We were assisted by three other fire departments.”
The Central Hardin Fire Department, the Sonora Fire Department and the Elizabethtown Fire Departments assisted with tamping down the blaze.
York had purchased the restaurant in 2003 and turned it into a fine-dining restaurant after being the manager in the 1990s for several years.
“I think he will rebuild the restaurant,” said Burns. “He is a great boss and great to work for. He is very generous to the community and his employees.”