Overnight fire at Mayville Diner in Chautauqua County


MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) Fire investigators spent Tuesday morning searching for a cause of a blaze which leveled a famous diner in Chautauqua County.

A police officer on patrol first spotted smoke coming from the Mayville Diner just after 10:30 last night. Within minutes it was fully engulfed. It is in the heart of the Village of Mayville within sight of the Chautauqua County Court house.

The Village of Mayville Historian Devon Taylor says the nearly 70-year-old diner was actually a historic dining car built at a factory in Silver Creek before it was shipped to Mayville in the early 1950s and opened as a diner.

“Mayville’s changed a lot since the 1950’s,” said Taylor. “The diner has been there. It’s been an important location. It’s where everybody came to meet . There were local coffee clubs , people who came every day. At the courthouse, quite often the jurors on lunch break would come over and have lunch there.”

Since the the fifties, the building has been renovated several times. Taylor says this was not the first fire at the location, but the others were minor fires. Fire crews say the building is a total loss.

Viewer video, sent to News 4 by Lexi Passinger, showed the building fully engulfed. Fire crews say the building looks like a total loss.

No injuries were reported. The mayor of Mayville, Kenneth Shearer says the owners of the diner told him Tuesday, it was too early for them to know whether they can rebuild.

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