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Salem Firefighters returned to the scene of a restaurant fire about 9:30a Sunday after a fire about 7 hour earlier gutted a the Tumbleweed Restaurant in Salem.

Salem Fire Chief Tom Day said that a Salem City Police officer reported the fire at 2:25a.

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“When we arrived on scene the fire was already through the roof,” said Day.

Day said two Salem Fire Department trucks responded, along with one engine, both tankers and a tanker from Campbellsburg.

Washington County EMS personnel were also on scene.

No estimates were available on the cost of damage.

Day said the damage was so extensive, no cause may be able to be established. He did say electrical work had recently been completed at the restaurant.

The location has a rich history in restaurant fame — having been the location of Duffy’s and later Big John’s and then Tumbleweed in the mid-1980s.