CANNON BEACH — The Bistro Restaurant and Bar in Cannon Beach suffered a total loss when a fire destroyed it this morning.

The Clatsop County fire investigation team planned to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday to determine a cause for the fire.

Twenty firefighters from Cannon Beach and Seaside responded to the fire at the restaurant, at 263 N. Hemlock St., at about 1 a.m. Thursday, said Chief Mike Balzer of the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District.

The fire started in the back wall and went through the roof, then through a window, Balzer said, adding that it took about 30 minutes to douse the flames, he said.

A small building to the north of the restaurant was damaged slightly, but firefighters managed to contain the fire to the restaurant. It is part of a complex of three buildings just a few feet from each other.

Balzer said the report was called in to Seaside’s 911 dispatch by a Cannon Beach police officer who was patrolling the area.

Owned by Matthew and Anita Dueber, the building and land were valued at $577,974, according to Clatsop County tax records. The building had been a restaurant for at least 26 years. Although it was for sale at times during the past few years, it hasn’t been listed recently. 

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