VIDEO: A longtime Chatsworth restaurant caught fire early Wednesday morning and now investigators are working to determine how it started.
Little Rome has been in business since 1979.
Members of the Chatsworth Fire Department have been at the scene throughout the day on Wednesday and said the building is a total loss.
The owners tell Local 3 News, they're just thankful no one was hurt.
Little Rome has been in Tyler Hord's family since the 1970's, becoming a popular restaurant in Chatsworth with its fine Italian food.
"We've got to see, just like myself see everybody grow up. Everybody's got their own little memory, date nights and anniversaries here."
Hord says when they closed up shop on Tuesday, he never knew that would be the last time he would close those doors.
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Deputies, SWAT officers, a bomb squad, and other first responders rushed to Westside High School after an active shooter was reported Wednesday morning in what Gov. Brian Kemp called a “cruel hoax” that affected other campuses across the state.
After about two hours, panicked parents were allowed to sign their kids out of school.
“Our students and staff are safe,” the Richmond County School System said in a statement.
But the situation was tense earlier when at least four marked Richmond County Sheriff’s Office vehicles sped west on Washington Road around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, accompanied by seven unmarked vehicles, an ambulance, and a fire truck. They were joined at Westside by a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad van.
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