Fire causes extensive damage to Corolla restaurant


The ruins of the Tomato Patch restaurant in Corolla are shown after it was seriously damaged by fire early Wednesday morning.


From staff reports

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

COROLLA — A restaurant on the Currituck Outer Banks sustained extensive damage in a fire early Wednesday morning.

The cause of the fire at the Tomato Patch restaurant in Corolla is under investigation, Currituck Fire-EMS Chief Ralph Melton said.

The fire was reported at 4:13 a.m. by the owner of Lighthouse Bagels next door, who told the emergency communications center that smoke and flames were visible through the roof of the Tomato Patch, Melton said.

The Tomato Patch restaurant is located at 803 Albacore St in the Monterey Plaza shopping center.

Currituck Fire-EMS crews, along with volunteers from Corolla Fire & Rescue, arrived in minutes and found a large amount of fire already coming through the roof of the restaurant, according to Melton. Firefighters began fighting the flames, giving priority to containing the blaze and keeping it from spreading to the nearby strip mall where Lighthouse Bagels is located, Melton said.

The fire was brought under control within two hours and no injuries were reported, according to Melton.

The restaurant sustained heavy damage but there was no damage to any nearby structures, Melton said.

Currituck fire crews were assisted by firefighters from Carova Beach Volunteer Fire & Rescue, the Duck Fire Department, and the Southern Shores volunteer fire department.