COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Zachary's waiting staff and managers were seen clearing items from the restaurant and throwing away charred items after a fire broke out on Sunday.
Columbus firefighters responded to the call at approximately 5:15 a.m. and extinguished the fire 30 minutes later, according to Columbus Fire Department spokesman Anthony Colom.
He said the restaurant sustained major smoke and water damage.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, but the fire was declared accidental and fire officials said they believe it was electrical.
However, investigators are still trying to pinpoint where the fire started.
The restaurant's staff cleaned tables and chairs, silverware and dishes, saved pictures and signs and threw away what they couldn't salvage.
One worker, Steven Robertson, said he was shocked when he learned the news Sunday morning.
He said the most important part of cleaning up on Monday was to save what they can and throw away what they can't.
The workers plan to start rebuilding the inside of the restaurant by next week.