“It was pretty tragic, what’s happened tonight,” the Eaton resident said. “It was probably one of the best restaurants in Brookville because of the family style of eating,” and she said that’s really important to her family.
“I really hope she rebuilds and reopens. It was just a close-knit family,” Hogg said.
K’s Restaurant was the former Brookville National Bank, which was purchased and converted into the restaurant in 2005.
A banquet facility was added during the conversion. A church congregation uses the banquet room for Sunday services and Bible study on Wednesdays.
Fletcher said crews were dispatched just after 8 p.m. on a report of smoke in the kitchen. Crews found smoke pushing from an attic vent. They found flames in a gable vent.
The cause has not been determined, the chief said, but he and investigators are looking at the attic space above the kitchen, at the duct system that carries grease-laiden vapors out of the building and the electric. Those are the most common causes of fires in commercial structures such as restaurants, he said.
A house fire nearby in Clayton complicated the issue at K’s because many of his firefighters were there. But, Fletcher said, the mutual aid agreement among area fire departments was instrumental in getting crews to K’s from New Lebanon, Vandalia, Englewood, Trotwood and Lewisburg to help Brookville.
People gather around K's Restaurant following fire
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