Fire damages popular New England seafood restaurant

In a photo provided by the Seabrook N.H. Fire Department, firefighters work on a fire at Brown’s Lobster Pound, a longtime seafood restaurant in Seabrook, New Hampshire, which was heavily damaged by fire early Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Authorities are investigating what caused the fire. The owners say they will reopen as soon as possible.  (Francis Emond/Seabrook N.H. Fire Department via AP)
In a photo provided by the Seabrook N.H. Fire Department, firefighters work on a fire at Brown’s Lobster Pound, a longtime seafood restaurant in Seabrook, New Hampshire, which was heavily damaged by fire early Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Authorities are investigating what caused the fire. The owners say they will reopen as soon as possible. (Francis Emond/Seabrook N.H. Fire Department via AP) –AP

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — Officials are investigating what caused an early morning fire that heavily damaged a popular New England seafood restaurant.

Firefighters got a call shortly before 3 a.m. about the fire at Brown’s Lobster Pound in Seabrook, New Hampshire.

Seabrook firefighter Barry Sargent says the fire destroyed the rear of the building and kitchen and caused smoke and water damage to the dining room. No one was injured.

The iconic lobster pound on the coast has been open since 1950. The owners say they will be back in business as soon as possible.

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