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Old Macaroni Grill building destroyed by fire

The old Macaroni Grill building near 71st and Memorial went up in flames early Tuesday morning. Police say they saw smoke coming from the building and decided to check it out, but the fire ended up getting out of control. (KTUL)

A once popular restaurant is now a burned out ruin.

The old Macaroni Grill building near 71st and Memorial went up in flames early Tuesday morning. Police say they saw smoke coming from the building and decided to check it out, but the fire ended up getting out of control.

Police say they saw a man where the flames seemed to have started, but they're not sure if he was actually connected to the fire. Authorities say it appears someone started the fire to get warm, but it got out of control.

The building was the home of a Macaroni Grill until around five years ago. Four months ago, the fire department tagged the building dangerous.

Firefighters say they'll keep two trucks at the scene all morning to fight any flare-ups that occur.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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