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Hampton Hibachi Express restaurant suffers total loss in fire caused by lightning strike

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Posted at 5:20 AM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 14:35:34-04

HAMPTON, Va.- Hampton fire crews responded to a structure fire at Hibachi Express Tuesday morning on the 1000 block of West Mercury Boulevard.

Dispatchers said calls reporting the fire came in around 2:40 a.m.

According to Fire Chief Chittum, when firefighters arrived at Hibachi Express it was fully engulfed in flames and smoke.  He said he doesn’t believe anyone was inside the restaurant at the time of the fire.

No injuries were reported.

Fire officials determined the fire to be accidental, caused by a lightning strike.

The restaurant was condemned and damages were estimated to be $450,000.