A fire at the L-Rancho restaurant on Main Street Thursday afternoon was likely caused by a smoker in the kitchen area.

“I’m pretty sure at this point that the smoker overheated and caught fire,” said Arab Fire and Rescue Chief Ricky Phillips.

Steve and Chris Pardue had only been gone from the restaurant about 15 minutes when they got a call that the L Rancho was on fire.

“We were at Walmart and came straight back after getting the call,” said Pardue.

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