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Mining Camp Restaurant in Apache Junction destroyed by fire

Posted July 25

— The historic Mining Camp Restaurant caught fire early Tuesday morning.

According to the Superstition Fire and Medical District, the restaurant is a total loss.

Fire officials say the hotel located next to the restaurant was remodeled about five months ago.

When the first crews arrived the scene after 3 a.m., the fire was already working heavily in the attic space.

Superstition Fire officials said the fire and smoke were too heavy and not safe to get inside, so they went defensive.

The owners of the restaurant were at the hotel when the fire started, according to the Superstition Fire and Medical District.

According to the Jake Whitten, the grandson of the owners, he said the fire was not the way they wanted to wake up Tuesday morning. Whitten added that all that matters is that everyone got out.

Whitten said that the owners will go day by day in terms of the future of the restaurant.

Fire officials say the owners were not aware of the fire until the firefighters woke them up. The residents were able to escape the fire.

The restaurant is located just east of North Apache Trail and Mountain View Road.

According to the restaurant's website, Mining Camp has been around the area since 1961.

At this time, there are no injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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