EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLoss Of Calhoun County Restaurant In Fire Devastates Community
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Reported: Oct. 11, 2013 8:22 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 11, 2013 6:49 PM EDT
Calhoun County , West Virginia
Firefighters said a fire that destroyed a Calhoun County restaurant Friday morning isn't only devastating to the owners but also the community.
"My heart dropped," said Graham Knight, Grantsville volunteer firefighter. "It's a sad thing."
Responding to a fire at Momma T's in Grantsville has a personal meaning for volunteer firefighter Graham Knight. Knight used to work at the convenience store and on Friday he was fighting to save it.
"The second I came around and saw the flames my heart dropped a little bit," he said.
The restaurant went up in flames about 6 a.m. Hours later smoke was still billowing out of the roof.
"We're in this for a reason, but it's never good when you see it," Knight said.
The owners said they had just opened the store and were standing outside when they heard a popping noise. The next thing they saw was their business on fire.
Grantsville Fire Chief Craig Gherke said firefighters attacked the blaze as soon as they arrived.
"We pulled in, hit it with the deck gun trying to put the flames out," Gherke said. "It just spread from the attic into the store area."
Firefighters had to attack it from the outside at first because the roof started falling, and it was too dangerous to go in the structure. The entire building and everything inside was destroyed. The owners estimate their losses at $500,000.
"This was their livelihood and how they made a living so they're taking it kind of hard," Gherke said.
The owners haven't decided if they're going to rebuild.
Knight said this is a huge loss to this community.
"There's been a lot of good times for everybody in the county and surrounding counties to come to eat here and talk," Knight said. "It's just kind of a homey feel. It's sad to see it now."
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but firefighters think it was electrical in nature.
Firefighters estimate the damage to a Calhoun County restaurant destroyed by a fire early Friday morning at $500,000.
The blaze was reported about 6 a.m. at Momma T's along Route 16, a 911 dispatcher said. The area was closed while crews battled the blaze.
Investigators were on the scene of a restaurant fire Friday in Calhoun County near Grantsville.
The fire was reported about 6 a.m. at Momma T.'s along Route 16, a 911 dispatcher said. Route 16 in the area was closed while crews battled the blaze.
Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene and will bring you updates as they become available.
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