Richmond firefighters battled a 3-alarm fire at The Tobacco Company Restaurant Saturday morning.
Extra crews were called in due to the intense heat.
A restaurant employee was treated for smoke inhalation. That person is expected to make a full recovery.
The call for the fire on East Cary Street came in at 10:03 a.m. and the first crews were on scene by 10:06 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found fire coming from the roof.
The fire was marked under control at 11:55 a.m. and crews believe it started in the kitchen.
In a Facebook post, The Tobacco Company Restaurant says it will be closed until further notice.
The owner of the restaurant issued a statement:
Just one week short of celebrating our 40th Anniversary as Richmond’s premier dining and entertainment venue, The Tobacco Company Restaurant is sad to announce that we have temporarily closed operations due to fire damage.
Our first thoughts are of our guests and our restaurant family. The amount of support we have received from area businesses and friends has been heartwarming. We are working with the City and inspectors to assess the damage. We are also working with other local restaurants and businesses to find employment for those displaced by the closing. We will be sending out weekly updates on the progress of our renovations and our plans for our grand reopening.
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