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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The owner of the iconic Hotel Savoy in Kansas City says he’s confident the business will reopen.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire Thursday afternoon at the Hotel Savoy, which houses the city’s oldest restaurant, the Savoy Grill. No injuries were reported. Long-term residents of the hotel were evacuated and no customers were inside the restaurant when the fire started.

The hotel’s current owner, Don Lee, says there was some smoke and water damage but no structural damage.

An operator of historic hotels, 21c Museum Hotels of Louisville, Kentucky, is planning a $47.5 million makeover of the original 1888 structure and the 1903 addition housing the restaurant. The company said it was still gathering information on the fire. It hopes to close on the purchase by December.