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Fire report indicates Golden Corral New Year’s Eve fire started from grill


ABC 17 News investigates how a fire started at an east Columbia restaurant on New Year’s Eve.

A report from the Columbia Fire Department indicates the fire at Golden Corral off Clark Lane on Dec. 31 started on a grill at the restaurant.

An investigator says it didn't appear the grills were on when he saw them. A manager told investigators that employees go through a shutdown procedure when they close at 9:30 p.m. to make sure the grills are off.

The fire spread through the exhaust fan of the building, which caught several parts of the roof on fire.

No one was in the building at the time. ABC 17 news previously reported that roughly $250,000 in damage was reported.

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Lucas Geisler

Lucas Geisler anchors 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.. shows for ABC 17 News and reports on the investigative stories.


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