Fire destroys landmark restaurant, 'it's a loss to the city'

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A landmark restaurant sustained heavy damage Sunday morning in a fire the Marysville Fire District is calling a "big loss for the community."

Firefighters were dispatched just after 4 a.m. to the Village Restaurant at 220 Ash Avenue. About an hour later, a second alarm was activated in response to the fire.

Smoke pouring from the structure could be seen from Interstate 5.

No one is believed to have been inside the building at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported.

“It's a landmark building here in Marysville. It's been here for a long time. This is a big loss for the community. There's going to be a lot of damage to repair. It's going to take a while to build,” said Christie Veley, Marysville Fire District PIO.

Veley says the roof of the building collapsed as firefighters were working to put out the fire.

Estimated property loss is valued at more than $1 million.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Firefighters from several nearby cities assisted the Marysville Fire Department.

Areas of Ash Ave. and Beach Ave. between 4th St. and 2nd St. were closed to traffic Sunday morning due to the fire response.