A restaurant in Eldon is heavily damaged after a fire that began just after midnight. A police officer reported seeing smoke at the Philly Diner on east 4th Street at 12:15am. The Eldon fire department responded and immediately called for assistance. More than 60 firefighters from 10 departments battled the blaze for three hours before getting it under control. The scene wasn’t cleared until just after 8:00 this morning. The motel portion of the building was evacuated and suffered some smoke and heat damage as well. The state fire marshal’s office has been called in to help investigate.