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Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

SLIDELL, La. Fire investigators suspect an electrical short in an A/C unit is the cause of a major blaze at a popular Olde Towne Slidell restaurant last night.

The goal of inventory assessment at Sunrise on Second Street Monday morning was simple: What made it through this overnight fire, and what didn't.

'It was heartwrenching,' said Rob Howell, the restaurant owner. 'It was really tough and very upsetting.'

In between picking up smoke-stained pieces of six years in Olde Towne Slidell, those who built the breakfast business comforted customers equally as saddened by the sight of sunlight through the roof and the soot-covered dining room.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in just over a half an hour, but the roof was burned off and the attic destroyed.

'It's just upsetting,' said Michael Fitzpatrick. 'I know these people work hard and know a lot of the people that work in there. It's definitely a let down to the community.'

Most things can't be salvaged, but the owners are taking anything that they can and using it to springboard a return back to this community.

'The community had been wonderful,' Howell said. 'They really have. My phone's been blowing up with texts and Facebook, everybody really pouring out their support.'

'We'll make it happen,' he added. 'I have a good team and we will definitely be back with power and full force.'

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