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Fire Guts Senator's Restaurant on Coast

Posted May 1, 2007 11:19 a.m. EDT

— Basnight's Lone Cedar Café, owned by state Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight, was extensively damaged by fire early Tuesday, authorities said.

More than 50 firefighters from 10 departments responded to the fire, which was noticed by a passing motorist at about 12:45 a.m., authorities said.

Damage to the restaurant, a popular spot on the Outer Banks, was estimated at more than $1 million.

Nags Head Public Safety and the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the cause of the fire.