Wind-whipped fire destroys Fort Wayne restaurant

(WANE Photo)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A large fire destroyed a Fort Wayne restaurant, with high winds fanning flames high into the air as it burned overnight.

The fire was reported late Sunday at the Paper Lantern restaurant on the city’s north side. Crews arrived to find heavy flames and smoke coming from the Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant.

WANE-TV reports flames rose more than 30 feet above the building and roof collapsed. The restaurant was closed at the time and no injuries were reported.

Deputy Fire Chief Mark Nelson tells The Journal Gazette that firefighters had to stay outside the building and made sure the blaze didn’t spread to nearby businesses.

Nelson says investigators didn’t immediately know how the fire started. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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