WENDELL — An early morning fire Tuesday caused extensive damage to Farmhouse Restaurant in Wendell.

The blaze was reported at 1:43 a.m. at the restaurant on Frontage Road South. When firefighters arrived, flames were seen coming from the roof, Wendell Rural Fire Chief Bob Bailey said.

Firefighters were still on scene as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, he said, trying to determine the cause of the fire.

There’s extensive damage to the restaurant and it won’t be able to reopen for a very long time, Bailey said. “It’s a tragic loss to the community. It was everyone’s favorite restaurant.”

Fire departments from Jerome, Gooding, Bliss and Hagerman assisted.

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