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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:00 am

Gina’s Restaurant will not reopen after a blaze tore through the business’s kitchen-area.

Dave Evans, husband to the restaurant’s owner Gina Evans, said that the couple had been in the process of closing the sale of the building when the fire broke out. Dave Evans said that the sale was going to be complete on Friday.

However, a fire that broke out around 9 p.m. on Sunday has extensively damaged the building, to the point that it is likely going to be declared a total loss, according to Centerville Fire Chief Pete Hackett.

While final determination on the building’s fate is awaiting a review by a fire marshal, Hackett said the building was “closer to a loss than not.”

“It pretty much gut the whole kitchen area,” Hackett said.

The Evans have no plans to rebuild the restaurant, nor reopen in another location. Dave Evans said they will likely attempt to sell the property once it is declared either a total loss or not.

The damage was quite extensive, according to Dave Evans, with holes burned in the ceiling and and pieces of equipment melted, including six coolers.

“Thirty-six years there, never had a fuse blow,” Dave Evans said. “All of a sudden, it catches fire.”

The fire was reported around 9:05 p.m. by a passerby who spotted smoke emitting from the structure, according to Hackett. A total of five departments responded, including Centerville, Bloomfield, Hydetown, Townville and Spartansburg.

The fire was extinguished after around 45 minutes, but fire fighters stayed on scene until 12:30 a.m. in order to check for hotspots and ensure that the building did not reignite.

Hackett said that he doubted there would be any follow-up investigations after the fire marshal’s, as no foul play is suspected in the fire.

The building was insured for the damage. In fact, Dave Evans said that the couple was lucky, as they had recently got fire insurance for the restaurant after not having it for around six years.

The Herald was unable to reach the fire marshal for results of the investigation.

Ray can be reached, by email, at sray@titusvilleherald.com.

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1 comment:

  • Butcher of Tvegas posted at 7:27 am on Wed, Sep 12, 2018.

    Butcher of Tvegas Posts: 26

    How come there are so many fires in titusville? Seems like you need to investigate a little further and maybe you wouldn't have as many[sad]

     

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