The sun was rising this morning over a sad sight in the town of Bevier.
The Pear Tree, a well-known restaurant in Bevier was destroyed by fire during the early morning hours on Thursday, along with the Rainbow Room and Historical Black Diamond Building/Museum.
Bevier Fire Protection District Captain David Coleman said that his department was dispatched around 12:30 a.m. to the downtown area where the fire has claimed the three structures.
The Black Diamond Room/Museum has been the site of many before prom dinners, Christmas in Bevier events, and housed memorabilia and antiques from the town.
"When we were able to clear the area Bevier citizens, and Bevier Firefighters started retrieving items from the Black Diamond building. I don't know what was saved but I know they got some things out of there," Chief Coleman said.
Chief Coleman said he didn't know how the blaze started, but he was expecting someone from the State Fire Marshal's Office to investigate the scene.
Firemen from several fire departments assisted at the scene.
Many travelers in the area this morning said they could see what looked like fog in the sky over the Bevier area.
An employee of the Pear Tree Restaurant Cole Mitchell said the preparation of the hamburger patties and desserts for A.J.'s in Macon are done at the Pear Tree. He also said the steaks for A.J.'s are aged at the Pear Tree.
Al Abbadessa of Macon opened the Pear Tree in Bevier in 1986. The restaurant was known across the State of Missouri and further for its fine dining and was listed as a favorite restaurant by the Rural Missourian for several years.
An employee with the restaurant said over 220 reservations had been made for this Saturday, starting a busy holiday season for the Pear Tree.