Firefighters Battle Restaurant Building Fire In Bryan

Investigators say lightning is what likely caused a fire that destroyed a former local restaurant in Bryan.

They say the fire started in a higher location in the building and worked its way down.

The old Las Lomas Restaurant building is being called a total loss after a fire broke out at the property which had closed in recent months.

The blaze broke out a little after 10 P.M. Friday at the site of the former restaurant at 4501 South Texas Avenue.

No injuries were reported.

"Yeah I heard a bunch of fire trucks and have a little ap on my phone that let's me you know listen in on it and heard there's a fire right down the road. Wanted to come see what's happening so," said Matt Lafitte, a Texas A&M Student.

"We all came outside and saw this happening flames coming up," said Eric Canuteson, who was next door at Yesterdays Bar & Grill when the fire broke out.

"We took a defensive attack which just basically means we keep it from spreading and just put water on it from the outside," said Joe Ondrasek, a Battalion Chief for the Bryan Fire Department.

Investigators are ruling the fire was caused by an electrical issue but they haven't ruled out that lightning may have been a factor.

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Fire crews from Bryan battle a huge building fire during stormy weather Friday night.

The blaze broke out a little after 10 P.M. at the site of the former Las Lomas Restaurant which recently closed.

Nearly 20 firefighters battled the fire late into the night at the property located at 4501 South Texas Avenue in Bryan.

No injuries were reported.

The cause is under investigation.

News 3 will have more details for Saturday's newscasts.

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