The Light House Restaurant on Old Macon Road near Milner suffered a major fire Tuesday afternoon.
WKEUs Ted Taylor was on the scene as the first fire truck from the Lamar County Fire Department arrived. Ted stated that the fire had already reached the roof and flames could be seen from the road. Heavy smoke was also covering the entire building. By 6:00pm heavy black smoke could be seen in Griffin from Highway 16 near Wild Plum road in Spalding County. The iconic Lighthouse Restaurant is well known throughout the area as a great gathering place for catfish, seafood and steaks.
The fire call first went out at about 5:10 p.m. The fire remained out of control at 5:30 p.m.
At about 5:20 p.m. a small explosion erupted from the kitchen area. Employees gathered outside in shock said the fire probably hit the fryers in the kitchen that were full of grease.
Firefighters were in the kitchen as the roof above them blazed. Fire chief Steve Andrews went to the door and alerted the firefighters of the situation.
The cause remains a mystery and arson investigators from the state fire marshal’s office will be on the scene Wednesday morning.
Multiple fire departments assisted in battling the blaze including:Pike County, City of Griffin, City of Meansville, Spalding County, City of Forsyth and Monroe County.
These departments have mutual aid agreements and were called in to assist with the fire. Damage to the building is very extensive and the building and restaurnt favorite is considered a total loss. WKEUs Bill Taylor said he remembered going to the Lighthouse with his parents in the 1970s.