A deep fryer is being blamed for starting a fire that damaged a southeast Houston restaurant.

A driver passing by Timmy Chan's Chicken and Fried Rice on West Fuqua and White Heather saw smoke and called 911 around 11 pm Thursday.

The smoke was coming from the roof of the restaurant, that was closed for the night.

Investigators say an employee left the deep fryer on and it caught fire.

The fire would have been worse if it hadn't been for the sprinkler system that put most of it out.

Part of the roof was damaged by the fire.

No one was injured.