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Fire strikes historic Otis Cafe on Independence Day

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Jeff English Otis Cafe
Otis Cafe owner Jeff England describes feeling “numb” after witnessing his iconic restaurant burn Thursday, July 4 (Photos by Gary Fromm)

North Lincoln Fire & Rescue units swarmed the Otis Cafe shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to combat a fully involved fire at the iconic restaurant.

Otis Cafe Burning

“It’s really bad and there’s smoke pouring all over the place,” Otis Pizzeria owner Gary Fromm said as he watched the scene unfold. “I’m just glad nobody was hurt.”

“I am numb,” Otis Cafe owner Jeff England said. “That’s the only thing I can say to describe where I’m at right now. I’ve got many community members surrounding me and I’m numb that I can’t open tomorrow.”

Otis Cafe Gutted

“This is so disappointing because we were all geared up for a big weekend,” England said. “The fire department is investigating and we will be doing our own investigation.”

NLFR responded with the bulk of their assets and put out the blaze that nearly gutted the inside of the nationally renowned restaurant.

“It’s fairly gutted. It’s not pretty. Hopefully we can get it up and running as soon as possible,” he said.

“One of the guys from the cafe said he saw flames coming out of the middle of the stack in the back,” Fromm said. “A lot of people are hurt today. People don’t have jobs anymore. I want to rebuild as soon as possible because there’s a lot of people who love the Otis Cafe.”


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Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is founder and publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and a journalist reporting news for the fine citizens of Lincoln City, Oregon and beyond. He's on a mission to seek out truth and isn't afraid to be the tip of the spear for freedom of the press. When he's not wearing his reporter hat, you can find him enjoying the Oregon Coast with his wife and three children.

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  1. That is such a sad sight to see this little cafe burn to the ground, I’m just glad and relieved that no one was hurt and I hope that they’ll be able to get the place up and running again one of my favorite places to bring peopl