STANTON, Neb. — A restaurant widely known to travelers across northeast Nebraska was hit by fire Sunday night.
Tony's Steakhouse, which has been a fixture for more than 35 years on U.S. Highway 275 about 11 miles east of Norfolk, sustained extensive damage.
Stanton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dallas Hinnerichs said firefighters were called about 10:50 p.m. Sunday. The Pilger Volunteer Fire Department assisted. In all, 22 firefighters responded.
The exterior walls probably can be salvaged, but the interior walls of the main structure were destroyed, officials said.
“The main building could be salvaged, but it will have to be gutted out,” Hinnerichs said.
The fire marshal determined the fire was caused by material that was too close to an electric space heater, Hinnerichs said.
Firefighters battled extreme cold while fighting the fire, along with ice and frozen hoses.
It took until about 12:45 a.m. Monday to finish going through the building to make sure the fire was out.
No one was injured, the fire chief said.