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Originally published Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

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Fire guts building on San Juan Island waterfront

A fire gutted a building that houses a well-known restaurant and tourism businesses on San Juan Island's waterfront in Friday Harbor.

The Associated Press

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FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. —

A fire gutted a building that houses a well-known restaurant and tourism businesses on San Juan Island's waterfront in Friday Harbor.

KOMO-TV reports ( http://is.gd/qcI6jd) that fire crews responded at about 2:40 a.m. Saturday. The building near the state ferry landing houses Downriggers Restaurant and several other businesses, including Friday Harbor Marine, Friday Harbor Yachts, San Juan Safaris and San Juan Excursions.

Carolyn Hudson, a spokeswoman for San Juan Island Fire and Rescue, says the flames were at least 20 to 30 feet high, and the building appears to be a total loss. She says it's a big loss to the community, especially because the restaurant employs about 50 people.

Firefighters planned to work all day to make sure the fire doesn't spread.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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