Family heartbroken after fire damages Mama Catena Ristorante in Euclid

EUCLID, Ohio — Firefighters in Euclid were on the scene of a fire at Mama Catena Ristorante for several hours Saturday morning, officials confirmed to Fox 8 News.

The damage to the restaurant is heartbreaking for the Catena family, who have been in business for the last 28 years.

"We appreciate everyone's well wishes, texting, and even customers when they came out to support us, so thank you," said Rina Catena.

The blaze started just before 10:30 a.m., at the Italian restaurant in the 700 block of Babbitt Road.

Crews had requested mutual aid from surrounding communities for help at one point, and departments from Willowick, Wickliffe, Richmond Heights, and South Euclid responded. There were no injuries to any of the 30 firefighters on scene.

The fire department says that damage to Mama Catena's "extensive” and that damage estimates are still being calculated.

Other units in the shopping center the restaurant is in sustained only minor smoke damage.

Further details, including how the fire started, were not immediately released.

The family tells Fox 8 they will rebuild and be back better than ever.

"God bless you guys who supported for all these years, and come back, come back, come back," said "Mama" Catena.