by Christina Munnell
Local eatery Beek's Pizza and Diamond Lake Rental, which shared the Lyndale Avenue South building, were demolished by a fire a little before 6 p.m. on Thursday evening.
Firefighters were informed of the blaze at approximately 5:50 p.m. Officials investigated inside the building for a moment before evacuating. No reports of injuries have been made, as all were able to escape according to The Pioneer Press.
The cause of the fire remains a mystery for the community and Minneapolis Fire Marshal Perry Ebner. "It may be a while before authorities will be able to determine the cause of the fire, if they can ever determine it," Ebner told The Star Tribune.
Since the 1950s, Beek's has been a popular hangout for locals and especially the police department, as they were able to dine for free. Many mourned the loss of their favorite pizzeria the following day, including devoted customer Peter Woollen. "We were sad to see it burn down," said Woollen in The Star Tribune.