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Fire Damages Restaurant in St. Augustine's Historic District
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Fire Damages Restaurant in St. Augustine's Historic District

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- An early morning fire destroyed part of a restaurant in historic St. Augustine.

It happened at the Florida Cracker Cafe at about 2 a.m. The St. Augustine Fire Department responded to the fire at 81 St. George Street after a city police officer noticed it during his morning patrol.

The 20th anniversary of the Florida Cracker Cafe was just celebrated in May.   

Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started, but said it appears to be electrical.  It's estimated that the fire caused between $50,000 and $70,000 in damage.

Most of the damage was contained to the dining room area.

"I'm very thankful. I'm very thankful to the police department and the fire department.  They both responded very quickly and had it contained very quickly and without those guys it could have been a lot worse," said owner Travis Grafft.

Grafft said he's still assessing all the damage but it will be a couple of weeks before the business is able to re-open.

"We'll spend the next couple of weeks getting repaired and we'll look forward to serving the people of St. Augustine again," he said.

No other buildings were damaged during the fire.

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