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Monroe's Olive Garden burns down

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe's Olive Garden is a total loss from a fire that began around lunch Tuesday. Employees at the Men's Warehouse noticed the fire behind the restaurant and alerted employees at the 0live Garden. They thought they had put the fire out, but about 20 minutes later, smoke started rolling in the Olive Garden.

Andrew Sistrunk, an employee at the Men's Warehouse, was one of the first to notice the flames coming from the back of the restaurant.

"They brought their fire extinguishers out and they weren't working. So I took off running and said I was going to get ours. And I came back and they started  spraying it and busting down the tenses and the fire was gone," Sistrunk said.

Employees at both the Men's Warehouse and the Olive Garden say the thought they put the fire out so they went on about their business. They say about 20 minutes later thy heard popping noises and realized the building was on fire. They evacuated immediately.

When fire fighters arrived, Monroe City Fire Chief Terry Williams said they found an electrical fire. He said they had to wait on Entergy to cut the electricity off before they could try to put the flames out. At this time, Williams says he doesn't know if the fires are connected in any way.

"We did receive another call earlier that there was a fire in a dumpster and the information I have is that the fire was extinguished when we arrived on scene," Williams said.

Williams said the wind and presence of a double roof helped them control the fire, but ultimately the building gave way.

Sistrunk said the whole ordeal was a little frightening.

"I had never been around a fire and didn't know what was going on, but after we put it out I kind of felt better about it," Sistrunk said.

There were no injuries reported in this fire.

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