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Paula Deen's Savannah Restaurant Reopens After Fire

A restaurant owned by well-known Southern chef Paula Deen reopened for lunch Monday following a late-night fire.Savannah Fire and Emergency Services Capt. Matt Stanley said firefighters responded to a blaze about 11 p.m. Sunday at The Lady & Sons eatery. No injuries were reported.He said the blaze apparently started in a laundry bag full of linens and rags.Stanley said investigators believe the rags had oils in them that broke down and generated their own heat, causing a spontaneous combustion.He said the fire generated heavy smoke, but firefighters were able to pull the bag from the restaurant and no water had to be used to douse the blaze.Contacted by telephone Monday morning, Deen's publicist, Nancy Assuncao, told The Associated Press the restaurant had reopened and planned to serve lunch."I think if we get one round of fried chicken goin' in here you won't smell the smoke at all," one of Deen's son, Jamie Deen, told the Savannah Morning News after the fire.He rushed to the restaura...

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