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Fire breaks out at popular Chapel Hill restaurant

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La Residence hopes to reopen in a few weeks (WTVD)

Chapel Hill fire officials are investigating the cause of an early Sunday morning fire at La Residence on Rosemary Street.

CHFD Deputy Chief Matt Lawrence told our crew on the scene the blaze broke out around 6 a.m. Chapel Hill police found fire and smoke coming from the building, and the Chapel Hill Fire Department responded.

Fire crews found heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the building. They are currently investigating the cause.

The fire damage was contained to the rear of La Rez, but there is reportedly smoke damage throughout the restaurant and bar.

The owners have been notified. CHFD officials will be speaking with the La Rez staff who worked Saturday night.

The restaurant is closed, and management is reaching out to those who have upcoming reservations.

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