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Fire rips through Oconee County restaurant

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Flames shoot from Mountain View Steakhouse and Seafood (Source: Steve Baka) Flames shoot from Mountain View Steakhouse and Seafood (Source: Steve Baka)
WEST UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Oconee County firefighters are investigated what sparked a fire that gutted a restaurant early Wednesday morning.

Oconee County Fire Chief Charlie King said the fire was at Mountain View Steak and Seafood restaurant, located the 2300 block of Pickens Highway in the West Union area.

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An e-mail alert stated that firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from the roof of the building. It took firefighters 45 minutes to get control of the fire but no injuries were reported, per the alert.

King said the restaurant had been in business for 17 years before it went up in flames.

Investigators began looking into the cause of the fire after the sun rose. They used a drone helicopter as part of the investigation.

One person reported hearing an explosion around 3:30 a.m.

No other details were immediately available.

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