Shortly after 7:30 PM on Friday, July 15, 2022, Statesboro Bulloch Fire Department responded to reports of an active structure fire at Ole Times Country Buffet on Northside Drive East in Statesboro. Officers from Statesboro Police Department also responded to assist.

Initial reports indicated that flames were seen inside the restaurant. Once on scene, however, firefighters determined that no flames were present but there was a significant amount of smoke coming from a restroom.

Heavy fire department presence on scene at Ole Times Country Buffet (Credit: Grice Connect)

Patrons and employees evacuated the building and waited a safe distance away as crews worked quickly to isolate the cause of the smoke and cut power to part of the facility.

The cause was determined to be an electrical issue with wiring in the men’s restroom. The restaurant suffered no smoke or fire damage.

At the time of this story, Statesboro-Bulloch FD is no longer on scene and the business has resumed normal operations.

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