Blaze at Ray's West started in the back of the building

© Courtesy of Shelia Featherson Durham
© Courtesy of Shelia Featherson Durham

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Fire officials report the fire at Ray's Drive-In West has been extinguished.

The blaze started at the restaurant around 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

According to Lufkin Fire Battalion Chief, LeFran Skelton the fire started in the back of the building in the storage area.

When crews arrived flames were coming from the roof of the building. Skelton said minimal fire damage was done inside the building.

The back storage area suffered heavy damage. Skelton said no injuries were reported.

Lawana Ray, the owner of the restaurant, told KTRE, customers were inside the restaurant at the time the fire started, and some of those customers even ran to the back of the building to help put out the fire until firefighters arrived.

The exact number of customers and employees inside the building at the time is still unknown.

Traffic is reportedly very slow on Loop 287 in Lufkin.

The Lufkin Fire Marshal's Office was scheduled to investigate the scene Tuesday night to determine the cause of the fire.

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