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Heart break for a Siouxland family after an unofficial Sioux City landmark goes up in flames

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Heart break for a Siouxland family after an unofficial Sioux City landmark goes up in flames.

Jennifer Vollmer picks up shingles and other debris scattered about after a fire Saturday morning tore through the old Normandy Restaurant building.

Her family has owned the castle-like building off of Hamilton Boulevard for 65-years.

She said the wooden shingles, paneling, and structure made for perfect kindling for the fire.

She said it's hard to lose something that's been such an important part of their lives for so long.

"It's like a death in the family, so the outpouring of support from friends and family and people we don't know, even the day we were watching it, they would come by and say how sorry they were. They place means a lot to a lot of people," Jennifer Vollmar said.

The family wasn't remodeling the restaurant, but wanted to eventually open up another restaurant. They turned the old party room into art studios and three artists were using the space.

Vollmer said she's not sure what will happen to it now.

"It is hard to say. It's dictated by what we are allowed to do at this point," Vollmar said.

The restaurant is also attached to two other businesses, White Tiger Martial Arts and the Sandy Keane Dance studio.

The smoke smell still lingers in those businesses, but they were otherwise untouched by the fire and they are open for business.

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The owners of Sioux City's former Normandy Restaurant are trying to determine how much can be salvaged after a weekend fire that left it heavily damaged.

The building, with its distinctive coned-shaped turrets, was gutted by a blaze Saturday morning.

The building, just off Hamilton Boulevard, dates back to the 1930's.

In more recent years, it was home to Botticelli's Italian Restaurant.

It was being currently being used as an art studio.

Investigators have not yet determined what started the fire, partly because it hasn't been safe for inspectors to enter the building.

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