Crews respond to afternoon fire at Little Rock BBQ restaurant

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Crews are responding to a fire at a Little Rock restaurant Friday afternoon.

Teams from the Little Rock Fire Department responded to Sims Bar-B-Que at 7601 Geyer Springs Road just before 3 p.m. Elecia Williams was working at a neighboring restaurant when she saw the fire start.

“As the workers started coming out over there at SIMS we started telling them ‘y’all need to get everybody out it’s on fire it’s on fire’ and the next thing we knew it was complete chaos,” Williams said.

Fire officials said they saw flames shooting out of the roof when they arrived. They attacked the blaze from above and it took more than three hours to put it out. Mildred Desmuke has been going to that Sims location for years and watched as it burned to the ground.

“It’s sad, it’s sad to see it like this because sometimes that is dinner for a lot of people you know. We’ve gone to eat there many evenings,” Desmuke said.

She’s hoping they will find a way to rebuild.

“We’re going to miss it,” Desmuke said.

Firefighters are not reporting any injuries at the scene but indicated that there was significant damage to the structure. The cause is still under investigation.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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