Fire damaged restaurant equipment store in Bristol, Virginia. | Local news


BRISTOL, Virginia – Fifteen firefighters battled a fire early Sunday at a restaurant equipment store in Bristol, Virginia.

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the crime on Commonwealth Avenue at 2:30 a.m. after six residents called to report the fire at Herbs Restaurant Supply & Equipment, said Stacey Farley, battalion chief of Station No. 1 in Bristol Virginia, who oversaw the fire described as “difficult”.

“We had to attack this fire from three different directions. That fire was high in a ceiling. The business had been repurposed several times, ”Farley said. “It had a couple of ceilings, a couple of roofs.”

The multiple levels created a potential threat to the emergency services, said Mike Armstrong, Bristol Virginia fire department chief.

“For us it was obviously a major fire. We already had fire visible from the roof, ”he said.

Herb Clark, 63, opened the business five years ago to sell restaurant equipment such as plates, trays, ovens and refrigerators.

“We sell everything that goes to a restaurant,” said Clark. “We just don’t sell groceries.”

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Armstrong already knew about the deal when he arrived early in the morning.

“I love this shop. See, I’m a cook at heart, ”Armstrong said. “I appreciate everything you’ve got in there.”


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