Run for the hose: Taco Bell destroyed by fire
A Taco Bell restaurant was destroyed by fire December 4, as photographs shot by Charlottesville fire chief Charles Werner indicate. The images show a collapsed roof and a gutted structure receiving multiple water streams from firefighters.
Over two years ago–- August 23, 2008 to be exact–- a blaze gutted the Taco Bell at Pantops Shopping Center. The building was eventually rebuilt.
According to County spokesperson Lee Catlin, the investigation by the County Fire Marshall’s Office into the cause of the recent blaze is ongoing, but at this point officials have not discovered any evidence that leads them to believe that the fire was intentionally set.
News accounts indicate that workers may have accidentally created sparks during renovations to the building's soffit. Damages are estimated to be approximately $1 million.
–last updated 1:43pm Tuesday, December 7