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Early morning fire at Picnic Pizza in Jax Beach

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Updated: 6/04/2013 12:24 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Restoration crews worked to clean up the mess at three Jacksonville Beach businesses after an early morning fire at Picnic Pizza inside a strip mall off Third Street and 16th North.

According to the state fire marshal, the oven was left on over night causing the fire. He says the restaurant is still structurally sound, but there's about $50,000 worth of damage.

The owner of Colonel Mustard's Phat Burgers next door, says he received a phone call around 3 this morning. "The fire department called and said that the pizza place next door had caught on fire," says owner Craig Cooper.

He immediately drove down to his store and was actually relieved with what he found. "It's not as bad as it could have been," says Cooper.

The fire marshal says both Colonel Mustard's Phat Burgers and Sala Phad Thai both have minimal smoke damage, but Cooper says he still has a lot of work ahead of him. "The ceiling has to go, the insulation has to go. Everything has to be be moved out," says Cooper.

Which means these businesses won't be open to customers for at least the rest of the week. "It's just going to be a lengthy process of going through everything finding out what we can use, what has to be thrown away. Making a list inventory. And then getting all the new inventory in to be able to serve customers," he says.

Copper says he probably won't be able to reopen for the next 3-10 days but looks forward to seeing his customers soon.

The fire marshal says the owners of picnic pizza leave the oven on a low setting every night, but he says it was on a higher setting last night.
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