Fire Closes a Popular Restaurant in Duplin County

JUNE 9, 2005 -- A fire destroyed the Taste of Country Restaurant in Warsaw Thursday night.

It took firefighters almost two hours to put out the blaze.

Authorities are investigating how the fire started.  One employee says the fire began in the deep fryer around 9:30pm, just as the restaurant was closing.

Authorities are investigating that claim.

According to the owner, Todd Wheeler, the kitchen is destroyed and there is heavy smoke damage to other parts of the building.

Preliminary reports estimate the damge to exceed $50,000.