Brandon, Florida — A family restaurant is a total loss after a fire broke out in the building Friday evening.
Hillsborough Fire officials say calls came in to 911 dispatch about the fire around 5 p.m. When firefighters arrived, there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of Ben’s Family Restaurant on E. Brandon Blvd., which was occupied at the time.
People told firefighters that they heard things falling above them and then saw a lot of smoke coming from the ceiling. Everyone was able to get out safely.
While crews battled the fire, there was another restaurant next door that was at risk of catching fire. Other crews went to protect the second building from the flames.
At one point, the roof of Ben’s Family Restaurant started to collapsed, so firefighters were forced to exit the building to continue battling the fire. An aerial truck was used to fight the fire from above and to protect the restaurant next door.
The fire was under control in about an hour and the firefighters efforts prevented the other building from getting damage by the blaze.
There were no injuries to civilians or fire rescue personnel and the building appears to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.