NEW INFO: Fire Severely Damages Peaden's Grill

Fire investigators have launched a special team to aid them in searching for answers as to what started a fire at a popular restaurant in the east.

The back of Peadan Grill and Cafeteria is where fire officials focused their search Friday morning.

Greenville Fire Marshal Gary Coggins said fire investigators were making their way to the back of the building but debris from the roof and potential collapsing was an issue.

The North Carolina Task Force 10 or NCTF 10 was out cutting wood to try and secure the structure.

The fire marshal says they may not be able to get to the back of the building until Saturday.

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Fire investigators have spent the day at Peaden's Grill in an effort to find out what started Thursday night's fire.

The popular restaurant caught fire shortly before 6:00 p.m. It eatery normally closes at 3:00 p.m. so there was no one inside when the fire started.

So far Greenville Fire-Rescue says it has not yet determined how the fire began.

Owner Terry Peaden has pledged to rebuild the restaurant.

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The fire at Peaden's Girl on Memorial Drive in Greenville was contained about an hour after the first call came in Thursday. Officials say the restaurant was at least one third destroyed. A full investigation will start today. Terry Peaden said “It’s pretty much gone but we’ll build back.”

Crews on the scene say the fire likely started in the attic, and appears electrical in nature. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire, it usually closes daily at 3pm.

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Fire units from Greenville & Pitt County are on the scene of a fire at a restaurant Thursday evening.

The fire heavily damaged Peaden's Grill on North Memorial Drive. The first call went out just before 6:00 p.m.

WITN has a crew at the fire and will have updates as they become available.

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