Pantops Taco Bell catches fire
Two employees from the Pantops Food Lion said they started to smell something burning about 7pm this evening and looked out the window to see smoke wafting across the grocery store's parking lot. When they went outside and followed the smoke, they saw the nearby Taco Bell in flames. "Somebody musta really burned a chalupa," one of the employees said.
Though the Newsplex was reporting a total loss that "completely destroyed the building," we noticed that only a large facade and sign on the side of the building had been destroyed. Indeed, the only thing that remained was the "taco" part of the torched facade.
Scott Goss, a chief officer for the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company, said no one had been hurt in the fire, including any of his own fire fighters. Goss said there was some additional burn damage in the kitchen, but that the rest of the restaurant appeared to be fine. Goss said the cause of the fire was under investigation, pointing to a fire marshal who was up on a ladder taking video and studying the damage.