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Fire closes landmark eatery

No one hurt in blaze at Mr. Swiss

POSTED: January 22, 2013 12:30 p.m.

Mr. Swiss, a landmark Cumming eatery known for its biscuits and breakfast banter, has closed after an early morning kitchen fire.

According to Forsyth County Fire Div. Chief Jason Shivers, the blaze started about 2:15 a.m. and caused “heavy smoke damage, moderate water damage and relatively minor fire damage” to the Atlanta Highway eatery.

No one was hurt in the incident. While the exact cause remains under investigation, Shivers said investigators are confident the fire was accidental.

Mr. Swiss, which opened in 1971, is shuttered “for the time being,” according to its social media page. The restaurant’s normal hours are 5 a.m. to noon Monday-Saturday.

“We will keep all of our customers as updated as possible,” management noted. “As always, we appreciate all of our loyal customers and are very devoted to serving you.”

According to Shivers, the fire started after the first employee arrived to begin morning duties, which include preparing biscuits to send out for sale at local convenience stores.

The worker called 911 when the blaze broke out, Shivers said, and firefighters had the flames contained shortly after arriving. They stayed on the scene until about 4:30 a.m.

“Obviously, the business is going to be closed for some time due to the smoke damage to the building,” he said.


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