A fire Monday at Ben's Family Restaurant caused $900,000 in damage and likely destroyed the Brandon eatery, a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue official said. The fire started in an attic above the kitchen about 5 p.m., Fire Rescue spokesman Ronnie Rivera said Tuesday. Customers in the restaurant at 704 E Brandon Blvd. noticed smoke and heard a crashing in the ceiling — the building's main roof caved in. The restaurant, the oldest in Brandon, was evacuated and no one was injured, Rivera said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the commercial kitchen and appliances were examined and cleared as the source.
Cause of fire at Brandon restaurant undetermined
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