UPDATE: An East Ridge restaurant will be closed for some time after it caught fire Thursday afternoon. It happened at Family Table, a mom and pop Italian restaurant on Ringgold Road.
The fire started in the attic of the restaurant. Firefighters still aren't saying what caused it, but investigators don't suspect anything suspicious.
The restaurant was open for business when the fire started in the attic around 4 p.m.
"A passerby had seen smoke coming from the building, and called 911," East Ridge Fire Chief Mike Williams told Eyewitness News.
It took just three minutes for firefighters to arrive at Family Table, but by the time they got there, tall flames were already shooting through the roof.
One lane of Ringgold Rd. remained closed during rush hour as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.
Everyone inside was able to get out safely, and watched as several agencies responded to help East Ridge, including Red Bank, Catoosa County, and Rossville Fire Departments.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading outside the attic, but heavy flames caused serious damage inside.
The family-owned Italian restaurant is well-known throughout the East Ridge community. The building has been there since 1968.
"Family Table has been a landmark in the city of East Ridge for many years," Williams said. "There's been several different restaurants that have been in this location, but it is a landmark for our city."
The restaurant's owners had insurance. Investigators tell us the building will likely be torn down and rebuilt, but no word yet on when that might happen.
"I believe they'll be able to rebuild," Williams said. "As far as reopening, we're a long ways from reopening at this time."
The fire caused $100,000 worth of damage. The cause is still under investigation.
PREVIOUS STORY: East Ridge firefighters were called to a blaze at a restaurant on Ringgold Road Thursday evening.
The fire started shortly before 4:00pm at Family Table in the 3900 block.
Fire officials tell Channel 3, a driver passing by the restaurant spotted flames on the roof and called 911.
In addition to East Ridge, several other stations responded, including firefighters from Red Bank, Rossville, and Catoosa County, Georgia.
Fire crews were eventually able to put out the flames.
All employees and customers were able to make it out of the building unharmed.
Investigators believe the fire started in the attic, but have not determined an official cause.
Tuesday, February 20 2018 6:33 PM EST2018-02-20 23:33:18 GMT
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