[UPDATE 08-21-13]  An investigation by the Bossier City Fire Department has determined Monday's fire at Griff's Hamburgers on Old Minden Road was accidental. It started inside a ballast that was attached to the restaurant's sign on the front of the building. The business will be closed for six to eight weeks while repairs are being made.


[UPDATE] A morning fire at the landmark Bossier City eatery Griff's Hamburgers has left the building seriously damaged. City spokesman Mark Natale said that firefighters arrived at Griff's Hamburgers, located in the 2900 block of Old Minden Road, at around 9:15 a.m. to find heavy smoke coming from the structure. He said the fire apparently originated in the attic.

"Firefighters had to access the attic by removing a portion of the ceiling and also some siding from the facade of the building in order to attack the fire," Natale said.

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Crews had the fire out in about 15 minutes. There are no reported injuries.

Natale told KEEL News though it didn't take long to extinguish, fighting the fire was pretty rigorous work for Bossier firefighters.

"The heat of the day was creeping up on them," said Natale. "They take precautions to watch their body temperature and go through some rehab while they're on scene."

The business wasn't open at the time, but some employees were there preparing to open for the day. Natale said it doesn't look to be possible at this point, since the damage was so extensive. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


[ORIGINAL STORY]  Bossier City firefighters are working on a structure fire at a popular eatery. No injuries have been reported so far from the fire at Griff's in the 2900 block of Old Minden Road.

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