Building signage caused fire at popular KC restaurant - KCTV5

Building signage caused fire at popular KC restaurant

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Fire erupted overnight at a much beloved Kansas City area burger shop, but a steel roof prevented it from being worse.

Owner Mark Potts now has to repair significant damages to LC's Hamburgers.

The restaurant has been a community staple for more than 40 years in the neighborhood near its location on Prairie View Road in the Northland.

The owner told us the "C" in the electric "LC's Hamburgers" sign was what started the fire.

The blaze was spotted by a Platte County Sheriff on Thursday night around 10:45 p.m. Thursday. Both South Platte County and Kansas City fire crews responded.

Most of the damaged was contained to the exterior and roof of the building. Potts said the building's steel roof helped keep the fire out of most of the inside, but there is still significant water and smoke damage.

Potts started working at LC's at the age of 15, and later bought the business from the original owner.

"I spent 28 years of my life here working, and I just hated to see it," he said. "It was just a lot of water damage and smoke damage. The building was built out of brick and mortar."

The restaurant has been voted "Best in the Northland," and is best known for its old fashioned hamburgers.

Many employees and customers showed up at the restaurant Friday morning to check on the owner, and see the damage firsthand.

"It makes you know that you have friends in the community," Potts said. "A lot of people from the community have stopped by – business owners and friends."

Potts said he will be contacting his insurance provider, and plans to re-open the restaurant as soon as possible.

Employees came to the restaurant Friday morning to see the damage and help clean up the rubble. Nearby business owners have also offered their help.

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