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Fire keeps Hinesville diner closed only one day

The folks at Izola’s Country Café were quickly back in business after a small fire Jan. 18 shut the restaurant down for a day.

According to Hinesville Fire Department Public Information Officer Robert Kitchings, the diner sustained minor damages from an electrical fire.

“An electrical outlet above the cooking area … it shorted out and created a small fire,” Kitchings said noting they got the fire call at 11:16 a.m., the first unit arrived four minutes later.

Kitchings added restaurant manager Glenn Poole used an extinguisher to put out the fire, minimizing damage.

“More or less they are closed down until they can get an electrician in there and get everything squared away for them,” Kitchings said.

The fire was contained to the kitchen and did not affect adjacent businesses of the strip mall.

According to Izola’s Facebook page, they were able to re-open Jan. 19 in time for lunch.

“A huge thank you to the 9-1-1 operators, Hinesville Fire Department, Hinesville Police, Dee’s Electric, city of Hinesville Inspections, Liberty County Environmental Health, Georgia Power, Lyle Fire Protection, Liberty County Consolidated Waste, our amazing staff and all you great folks that sent up prayers,” the staff posted on Facebook. “We read every post. Because of the quick response from everyone and your prayers we will open our doors at 11:30 (Thursday) for lunch.”

Izola’s has repeatedly been ranked the No. 1 diner in Hinesville by Trip-Advisor.

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