A pizza restaurant in Southington was badly damaged after an overnight fire on Wednesday.
The fire was reported at Renaldo's Pizza on North Main Street around 1:30 a.m.
The damage to the building appeared to be extensive.
Fire officials said Renaldo's Pizza, which has been a staple in Southington for decades, had recently completed renovations.
“After all the remodels it was just gorgeous,” Adam Scheck, who is a Renaldo's employee, said. “Now, I can't believe it."
Luckily, the fire station was right around the corner so the fire was quickly extinguished. No one was hurt, fire officials said
No one was in the building at the time.
“I saw the pictures on the news and I just came down here,” said Scheck, who has been employee since he was 13 years old and is now 36.
Firefighters said flames could be seen shooting through the roof when they arrived. Most of the damage was done to the attic and roof.
"They had pretty heavy fire in the attic space,” Southington Fire Captain Alan Zygmunt said.
Crews had to vent the rest of the building from other places.
There's no word on whether or not any pizza-making equipment was damaged.
To get the fire under control, crews had to pull down pieces of the ceiling. Many residents said they were upset about the damage to Renaldo's, which is their favorite pizza shop.
“I don't want to say institution,” Scheck said. “It's right there. It's close."
Friends told Eyewitness News the shop's owner is devastated, they're unsure if he'll try to rebuild or if this will have to be demolished.
Eyewitness News did reach out to the pizza restaurant’s owner on Thursday, but the station had not heard back from him.
The business definitely won't be able to open on Thursday, according to firefighters. It is unclear when Renaldo's will reopen.
The cause is under investigation.
A GoFundMe page has been set up and can be found here.
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