A florescent light is being blamed for a fire at the Boston Pizza in Orillia Friday afternoon.

Owner Brad McIlmoyle tells CTV Barrie that the fire started in a florescent tube that lights the front tower of the restaurant.

The lights are automatically set to turn on at 5 p.m. every day and the fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday.

McIlmoyle thanked the Orillia Fire Department on Sunday, saying their quick response saved the restaurant.

The fire burned through part of the roof and caused water damage to the front hostess stand and Orillia Fire says damage is estimated between $25,000 and $50,000.

Contractors have been working on the restaurant all weekend but it will be at least a week before it will reopen to the public.