SLIDESHOW: Popular Memphis restaurant damaged in fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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SLIDESHOW: Popular Memphis restaurant damaged in fire

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Firefighters battled a blaze at a popular Memphis restaurant early Tuesday morning that caused nearly $100,000 in damage.

Investigators said crews were called to a fire at Carrabbas Italian Grill on Poplar Avenue just after 1:00am Tuesday morning.  When they arrived, firefighters saw heavy smoke pouring from the rear of the building.  It took them nearly 15 minutes to put out the fire.

Firefighters said the flames and smoke were heaviest in the rear of the building.

"It apparently started in a dumpster. The way it is looking in the rear very rear of the building it was underneath a lean that had been added on to the rear of the building and that started and went up into the structure," Bat. Chief Ron Richardson of the Memphis Fire Department said.

Commanders said a sprinkler system prevented further damage to the building.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

"What started it in the dumpster is going to be hard to say," Richardson said. "We have been talking to the manager here on the scene and we will be determining it later." 

No one was injured in the blaze.  The restaurant was closed Tuesday, and it is not clear when it will re-open.


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