Cause of fire determined at a Cynthiana restaurant

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CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WKYT) - We're getting a better idea of what caused a destructive fire at restaurant. Wednesday's fire badly damaged Biancke's on Main Street in Cynthiana.

Firefighters returned to the scene to figure out what caused the 100-year-old business to burn.

Biancke's Restaurant has been serving the community of Cynthiana for more than a century and now the restaurant hopes the community will help them after a fire.

For its owners and employees, they say the last 24 hours have been hard but even tougher on the community.

"We've got people who come in every day," said J.D. Ashbrook, the restaurant's co-owner. "We have our regulars who are in here morning and night."

They say the restaurant will make quick and strong comeback, so those at Biancke's Restaurant are staying positive. Officials say the fire could have been much worse, damaging more of the restaurant or hurting customers inside.

"It started supposedly in the men's bathroom," said Ashbrook. "That whole room is destroyed and the second floor of our apartment."

For the owners, not only their business burned but part of their home above the restaurant. And fire investigators Thursday determined it was an electrical fire that tried to take down the more than century old building.

"We had probably 50 plus people down here last night helping us," said Ashbrook.

So as they clean-up, business this Thursday is a slower than usual. But by next Thursday, they hope they've already welcomed their customers back to Biancke's.

One section of the restaurant took a pretty hard hit, but they expect to reopen in less than a week.

Only one table was seated in the restaurant at the time of the fire. We are told no one was hurt.

Biancke's Restaurant has been in business since 1894.

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