SPARTA Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Sparta Family Restaurant is closed following a fire earlier yesterday afternoon. The Sparta Area Fire District was dispatched to the restaurant around 12:50 pm for a reported fire.

Heavy smoke was coming from the roof of the building, and the restaurant was evacuated. Fire Chief Mike Arnold says the fire started in the kitchen and spread through the exhaust ventilation system through the ceiling and roof areas.

The business sustained moderate fire damage in the kitchen and moderate smoke and water damage in the dining area. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation. The restaurant will be closed for the time being.