UPDATE | Olde Pink House in Savannah reopening soon after fire

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Sunday, January 6, 2018

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Sunday, January 6, 2018
A popular Georgia restaurant housed in one of Savannah's 18th century mansions plans to partially reopen soon after a fire caused extensive damage to the building during the holidays.

Investigators traced the Dec. 27 fire to a Christmas tree in an upstairs ballroom of the Olde Pink House in downtown Savannah. The restaurant is in a Georgian mansion built in 1771.

General manager Craig Jeffries tells the Savannah CBS affiliate, WTOC-TV, he hopes to have at least part of the restaurant open before the end of January. He says the fire damaged roughly 15 percent of the restaurant's 16,000 square feet (1,480 sq. meters).

Meanwhile, Jeffries says he's received numerous phone calls from other Savannah restaurants offering his employees temporary work until the Olde Pink House reopens.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

No serious injuries have been reported when a fire started in the second-floor ballroom of the Olde Pink House restaurant in downtown Savannah.

News outlets reported the fire was started Thursday morning and was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

One woman was rescued from a second floor window by firefighters with a ladder.

There was no immediate word on damage Thursday. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The restaurant is in a mansion constructed in 1771 and offers "new Southern cuisine," according to the Visit Savannah website.