Fire heavily damaged the Country Burger and Teriyaki restaurant early Thursday morning along West Meeker Street in Kent.
The first calls to 911, including from Kent Police, were at 3:36 a.m., of smoke and flames coming from the closed business, 1605 W. Meeker St., according to a Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority media release.
Firefighters were able to control the fire within 20 minutes after cutting a hole in the roof to allow the heat and smoke to escape. Those on scene had to be extra vigilant after the overhead power line leading to the business burned through and fell to the ground. The energized line was eventually neutralized by Puget Sound Energy.
Searches of the building confirmed that no one was inside.
Puget Sound Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.
In addition to Puget Sound Fire, units from Valley Regional Fire Authority, King County Medic One and the Zone 3 rehab responded to this incident.