Firefighters work to put out a fire at Papouli’s restaurant on May 1. A Thursday post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said the restaurant will not reopen, ending 33 years of business.

A popular Greek and Mediterranean restaurant in Reeds Spring sustained moderate damage following a fire on May 1.

Southern Stone County Fire Protection District crews were dispatched at 3:11 p.m. to a structure fire at Papouli’s Restaurant. When crews arrived, there were flames and smoke showing from the roof, according to Southern Stone County Fire Public Information Officer Eric Nielsen.

“Our initial crew made a quick aggressive interior attack and knocked the fire down pretty quickly. The building did sustain moderate damage, and the state fire marshal was called in to investigate,” said Nielsen. “The cause of the fire is under investigation. We don’t really know anything. 

“The owners were not there at the time. They were not open for business on Wednesday.”

Nielsen said the majority of the damage was contained to the roof area of the kitchen in the center of the building. Fire crews were on the scene for around an hour and a half, and no injuries were reported. 

This is the second time the restaurant has caught fire in recent years. In August 2012,  Southern Stone County Fire crews responded when the roof the restaurant caught fire. 

The suspected cause of that fire was electrical in nature.

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