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NEW PICTURES: Historic restaurant burns to ground for second time in a year

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BALLTOWN (KWWL) - For the second time in a year, Breitbach's Country Diner has burned to the ground.  Rescuers were called to restaurant just after 3:30 Friday morning.  Crews are still on the scene.

The restaurant is one of Iowa's oldest... the original building went up in 1852.  That building caught fire and burned to the ground Christmas Eve last year.
Owners were able to reopen in June.

They were also on the scene Friday morning... quite emotional, but told KWWL crews they can move on, because "it's just a building."

This fire comes just days after KWWL visited the restaurant.  Our crew was there Saturday for a story about the fall tourist season and how the Breitbach's was able to bounce back from the 2007 fire.

Here's what the scene looked like after the fire was put out.

Online Producer:  Adam Amdor

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