Fire damages Little 5 Points restaurant

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Firefighters battle a restaurant fire at the Corner Tavern on Euclid Avenue in northeast Atlanta.
ATLANTA —

A fire heavily damaged a restaurant in Atlanta's Little Five Points neighborhood on Thursday afternoon and threatened to spread to other businesses.

Channel 2's Ryan Young said Atlanta Fire Department trucks lined Moreland and Euclid avenues in northeast Atlanta about 3 p.m.

Thick black smoke poured out of the Corner Tavern according to witnesses.

"I was eating pizza sitting outside on the terrace. I started to smell smoke and then I saw the smoke coming out of the corner of the building," witness Michael Edwards said. "I ran around the corner to see if anyone inside knew. I brought the guy outside to show him and they started to evacuate the building."

Firefighters shortly had the two-alarm fire under control but continued to douse hot spots. Officials told Young they were concerned the fire could spread to neighboring buildings.

Firefighters tried to save a cat that lived inside a business next door to the fire. They broke the glass, grabbed the cat and tried to resuscitate the cat. Firefighters even pumped oxygen into the cats lungs but they could not revive him.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Stay with Channel 2 Action News and WSBTV.com for more on this developing story.