FOSTER, R.I. (WPRI) — Several people are out of work following a fire that damaged a local diner early Friday morning.
Cherri’s State Line Diner went up in flames just before midnight, and now several local fire departments are investigating the cause of the flames. Foster police were also on scene.
Cherri’s is a staple in Foster, often attracting truckers driving through the area. Employee Keith Oatley said that the popular diner was closed when the fire began. When he came to the scene to get a look at the damage, he said he knew it was a bad fire.
“Well when I saw all the black around the top of the roof, I thought it wasn’t a little fire. It looks like something big.”
The damage from the fire was visible along the edges of the building and the back window. Oatley spoke with the owner and said that they are shocked by the news.
Seven employees are now without work.
“I’m out of work now, so I mean I’m gonna have to look for a job until they open up or do something,” he said.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.