Flames destroy Bob Evans restaurant in north Columbus, 2 firefighters injured

A fire at the Bob Evans in the 900 block of E. Dublin-Granville Road is under investigation Thursday morning. (WSYX/WTTE)


A fire rekindled at a north Columbus Bob Evans restaurant late Thursday morning after flames destroyed it overnight.

Firefighters responded to the scene, and were dousing the building in water as smoke poured out of the roof. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion issues. Another firefighter was treated for minor injuries overnight.

Earlier Reporting:

Dozens of firefighters worked to save a restaurant in north Columbus early Thursday morning.

Firefighters from Columbus and Worthington responded to a fire alarm at the Bob Evans located at 960 E. Dublin-Granville Road around 3 a.m.

Crews entered the business and found thick smoke filling the kitchen area, Columbus Deputy Chief Shawn Koser said.

Firefighters evacuated the building after learning flames were erupting through the roof, he said.

No one was inside the restaurant when crews arrived, Koser said.

Koser said 40-50 firefighters were on the scene from the two departments, one firefighter was treated for minor injuries.

The damage appeared to be significant. The Bob Evans VP of Operations said the building was a total loss due to the roof collapse.

No timeline was established for reopening. Investigators haven't determined how the fire started.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this story.

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