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Fire at Red Pony deemed accidental

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Posted at 9:50 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 21:00:51-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The fire that damaged the Red Pony restaurant in Franklin over the weekend was ruled accidental.

Franklin Fire Marshal Andy King said the fire started on the lower level, rear side of the two-story, historic building. He estimated the building suffered about $300,000 in damage.

King said the cause is still unknown and they are still working with Franklin Police and private investigators hired by the property insurer. Because of structural instability, they haven’t yet been able to access all areas of the building to complete their investigation.

“While this was a big loss to our community, the damage could have been much worse,” said King. “A combination of early detection and notification, a quick response and solid tactical decisions by firefighters, and the automatic fire sprinklers led to a positive outcome.”

A gofundme account was created for the restaurant's staff.