Authorities are investigating a fire that left a restaurant with ‘heavy damage’ in Corolla Wednesday around 4:13 a.m.
The Currituck Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from the owner of Lighthouse Bagels, who reported that smoke and flames were visible through the roof of the next-door Tomato Patch restaurant, located at 803 Albacore Street in the Monterey Plaza shopping center in Corolla.
Currituck Fire-EMS crews along with the Corolla Fire & Rescue arrived on the scene and said they saw a large amount of fire already coming through the roof of the restaurant.
A defensive fire attack was implemented with priority given to containing the fire and keeping it from extending to the nearby strip mall where Lighthouse Bagels is located.
Currituck fire crews received assistance from Carova Beach Volunteer Fire & Rescue, the Duck Fire Department, and the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department.
The fire was brought under control in two hours.
No injuries were reported.
Tomato Patch Restaurant, which was unoccupied at the time, sustained heavy damage.
There was no damage to any nearby structures.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.