Firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Genoa Station Bar and Grill in Nevada's oldest town at 8:55 a.m. Friday.
Located at 2285 Main St., the Genoa Station is housed in a 4,000-square-foot, two-story wooden building along the main drag.
First responders reported a working fire somewhere inside the building that was pouring smoke into the street, prompting initial calls. No flames were visible on the outside of the structure, however.
The Nevada Highway Patrol was contacted to help close down Foothill Road at Muller Lane to the south and further north near the entrance of the town.
Volunteer firefighters were also summoned to the scene to assist East Fork personnel.
Restaurant owner Karen Holmes said that she smelled wood burning when she went in this morning.
"I turned on the fans to try and get the smell out," she said.
When the cook arrived he turned off the fans and saw a haze along the ceiling.
"That's when I said it looks like we're in trouble, shut everything down and called 911," she said.
Holmes said that if it had been a Monday when the restaurant is closed, the fire might have done a lot more damage.
"There would have been flames," she said.
Smoke was coming out of the north and west sides of the building as firefighters cut holes in the north wall to get at the fire.
East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said the fire appeared to be limited to the attic area.
Sweet Repeats, the clothes store next door to the restaurant may suffer some smoke damage, and the kitchen will be closed until it is cleaned up and inspected by the health department.
A metal roof and the building's age complicated fighting the fire, Fogerson said.