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UPDATE: 3-alarm fire at Zorba's in West End

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Crews are on the scene of a three-alarm fire in Henrico County.

It's in the 2600 block of Tuckernuck Drive in the Tuckernuck Shopping Center in the West End.

There was a three-alarm fire at Zorba's Restaurant. When fire crews arrived flames were shooting from the vents on the roof of the building, we were told.

The family that has owned Zorba's Restaurant tell NBC12 they are just devastated. Their 15 years of hard work severely damaged after this early morning fire.

Fire investigators believe it's not suspicious but the official cause is still under investigation.

"I'm shaking my head because all I see are these fire trucks," says Isabel Akpinar. She, along with her husband, own the restaurant. "This is the only income we have. We have a 10 year old son."

Crews on the scene tell us it took about 30 minutes to knock down the flames, but about an hour or so to mark the fire under control. We're told there is a lot of damage in the kitchen, where the fire started.

There are several other businesses attached to the restaurant, but crews were able to contain most of the flames to the restaurant. There is some smoke damage to the neighboring businesses. That includes Sgt. First Class Thomas Samuel's Armed Forces Career Center. "Going through the front door, you can see they (fire crews) had to bust the door down and they had to go through the ceiling. Other than that, it's just a lot of smoke."

Henrico Fire Chief Edwin Smith told us, "it was a pretty intense fire because the building has a metal type roof which will hold the heat in. Luckily, for hte vents where the fire was showing, that allowed some of the heat to come out."

Despite the damage, the family that owns the restaurant vows to continue on. "It will reopen again, definitely," says Isabel. "It's just a mess like she said, you wake up, have your routine and then all the sudden, it's gone."

Right now, fire investigators remain on scene as they work to determine the cause of the fire.

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