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Fire shuts down Mr. Swiss in Cumming

by Aldo Nahed

January 22, 2013

Mr. Swiss is closed after a fire Jan. 22.Abby Breaux.
Abby Breaux.
Abby Breaux.
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A longtime southern food stable in Cumming is closed as they deal with fire damage.

Mr. Swiss Restaurant, which has served southern breakfast to the community since 1971, is picking up the pieces after a fire severely damaged the eatery, 409 Atlanta Highway in Cumming.

About 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, Forsyth County Fire Department was called to fire that started in the kitchen.

Div. Chief Jason Shivers said smoke was visible as crews arrived and firefighters encountered a moderate-sized fire in the kitchen area of the business.

"The fire was contained within moments of our arrival," Shivers said. "But the building did suffer extensive smoke damage, moderate water damage and some fire damage."

The first employee to arrive to begin making preparations for the day discovered the fire after he arrived. The fire started after the employee arrived.

The business is run by Lunell Robbs and her son, John Robbs.

"Once [the employee] started turning on all the equipment, the fire was discovered," Shivers said.

The fire is under investigation, but there is nothing that appears to be suspicious. The exact cause has not been determined.

No one was injured in the fire and crews were on scene for about 2 hours.

There were 17 personnel on scene, including three engine companies, a ladder company, an ambulance and a battalion chief.

On their Facebook page, Mr. Swiss posted a statement: "Mr. Swiss has been damaged by fire early this morning and will be closed for the time being. Thank you for all of the calls and concerns, we will keep all of our customers as updated as possible. As always, we appreciate all of our loyal customers and are very devoted to serving you."