UPDATE: Electrical issues caused Golden Corral fire

Published on Thursday, 5 October 2017 10:05 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com

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The smell of smoke was in the air Wednesday, and a portion of the west side of Tyler's Golden Corral building near the roof showed where a fire had burned the night before. An exterior door and some windows were also boarded up. 

The Tyler Fire Department received the call shortly before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday that heavy smoke and flames were coming from the restaurant at 5602 S. Broadway Ave. Firefighters reported smoke and flames when they got to the scene, but got the fire under control. 

A total of four engine companies, two ladder companies, an investigator and a District Chief were dispatched to Golden Corral, according to the Tyler Fire Department news release.

Units were cleared from the incident at 1:05 a.m.

Investigators determined the fire started near the southwest corner of the building in the exterior eave. Fire officials said the only ignition source in that area is lights. Fire investigators noted that the breaker controlling the lights had been tripped, and that an electrician had recently worked on the lights. 

Most of the fire damage was to the outside of the building, with smoke and light fire damage to the interior.

The inside of restaurant sustained water damage from the building's fire sprinkler system as well as from the firefighters putting out the blaze.

No injuries were reported. 

The restaurant will be closed for at least three or four days for repairs and cleaning. 

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