A fire that damaged the Ephrata McDonald’s early Monday morning has been ruled accidental, but investigators are still looking for the cause.

No one was injured in the fire, which employees reported about 3:10 a.m. Crews brought it under control in about 35 minutes.

Lincoln Fire Company Chief Randy Gockley estimated damage at several hundred thousand dollars. The restaurant will be closed for an extended time.

The fire damaged a rear storage area and roof, according to Gockley. The building also sustained smoke and heat damage throughout.

Efforts to reach the owners, who want to open another McDonald’s in Ephrata Township, were unsuccessful.

Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Dustin Shireman determined the fire was accidental, Gockley said.

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