New Martinsville Arby’s Suffers Fire Damage
According to NMVFD Chief Larry Couch, the New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the Arby’s Restaurant at 281 North State Route #2 on Saturday afternoon. Restaurant employees reported a fire at 12:30 p.m. with the first responding crews en-route at 12:34 p.m. and arriving on the scene at 12:37 p.m.
Fire crews reported light smoke coming from the building as they arrived; the store had been evacuated of customers and employees. Firefighters found moderately heavy smoke in the rear service entrance area of the restaurant with a growing fire overhead in the attic space.
Firefighters deployed hose-lines and were able to quickly extinguish the fire, declaring the fire extinguished at 1:07 p.m.
There were no injuries due to the fire, and fire damages were contained to the interior ceiling and roof of the storage room and outside wall. Damages to the structure were estimated at $30,000 with other damages in excess of an additional $30,000. The fire department expects those amounts could be higher.
The point of origin of the fire was the east wall at the back of the store with the cause of the fire still under investigation. The fire was determined to not be suspicious in nature.
New Martinsville VFD was assisted by Paden City Fire Fighters, New Martinsville Police, Wetzel County EMS and Monongahela Power Company.
“It is likely the store will be closed several days to even a few weeks,” NMVFD Chief Larry Couch said.
“These buildings are a light grade construction material and typically don’t fare well in a fire. The folks at Arby’s were quite fortunate that the damage wasn’t far more extensive,” said NMVFD Fire Chief, Larry Couch.
All personnel cleared the fire scene at 2:11 p.m.