Golden Corral fire in Lincoln, 2/13

The fire at the Golden Corral in Lincoln originated in a buffet warming unit, officials said.

LINCOLN — An early morning fire in a Lincoln restaurant caused an estimated $50,000 in damage, Lincoln fire officials said Thursday.

Firefighters found smoke and flames at the Golden Corral at 3940 N. 26th St. when they arrived just before 5 a.m. Thursday. They were able to extinguish the fire in about 10 minutes.

The fire originated in a buffet warming unit, officials said. The restaurant's sprinkler system contained the blaze to the area near the warming unit.

The business will be closed until further notice.