Mishawaka fire investigators are continuing to look for clues after a devastating fire at a popular family-owned restaurant.
Francesco's Italian Restaurant, on Lincolnway and Logan, was destroyed by fire early Monday morning.
The restaurant had been there for 27 years.
Firefighters received two 911 call around 1:30 Monday morning saying that huge clouds of smoke were pouring from the restaurant. When firefighters arrived, thick smoke covered the building and flames were raging inside. The fire was so intense the fire department used two aerial ladder trucks to battle the blaze from the outside.
The restaurant is actually in a historic house – over 100 years old. All the windows are now shattered and the inside charred. Near the front door family photos of the owners still hang on the wall, covered with soot.
Francesco "Frank" Catanzariti first opened his Francesco's Restaurant on Ironwood. He moved it in 1985 to its current location on Lincolnway.
"I came from Italy, never heard English," he said.