A fire early Tuesday morning destroyed much of the restaurant building at the Fairbanks Golf Course located off Farmers Loop Road.

The fire was reported at 1:37 a.m by a passerby who saw flames coming out of the roof, according to the University Fire Department.

The building is likely to be considered a total loss.

"I think it would be safe to say that there was significant damage," University Fire Chief Doug Schrage said.

There were no injuries caused by the fire.

University Fire Department crews responded to the scene, assisted by the city of Fairbanks Fire Department, Ester Volunteer Fire Department, Chena Goldstream Fire and Rescue, Steese Volunteer Fire Department and Fort Wainwright Fire Department.

Schrage noted there were five engines total on the scene until 5:22 a.m.

"It certainly didn't take that long to be extinguished, but there was a lot of follow-up work to do," he said, noting the department had been on the scene throughout the day Tuesday investigating the fire.

The investigation is ongoing, and the cause is yet unknown.

The central building housed the restaurant recently bought by Frostbite Foods' owner Marshall James. The restaurant has changed hands over the years. It was previously called the Edge as recently as this summer. Before that it was owned by Frank Eagle when the restaurant was called the Double Eagle.

The course itself is owned by a group of six, one of whom is Howard Thies, who also serves as operating manager of the golf course.

"We don't know what happened. Things were going well. We were there yesterday doing business," Thies said. "The restaurant was doing really well. But now it's pretty much toasted."

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