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Drum's Restaurant destroyed

July 9, 2011

Firefighters work to extinguish
the early morning fire
at Drum's Restaurant.

Drum's Restaurant in Conover was destroyed by a fire early Saturday morning.

The fire was first reported at 1:19 a.m. Saturday, and the Conover Fire Department was dispatched to the downtown Conover restaurant by 1:30 a.m. for a working fire, said Drum's owner Douglas Travis, Jr.

Travis said no one was in the building when the fire was reported. He said he had no idea how the fire started.

The SBI Arson Team, Conover Fire Department and Conover Police Department were all investigating the fire Saturday.

By noon on Saturday, nothing was left of the building except its frame. The blaze ripped through the restaurants interior, blowing out the building's windows and destroying nearly everything inside.

Travis, who started leasing the building from property owner Larry Drum about three years ago, said he was planning on buying the property soon.

"I was kind of shocked originally," Travis said. "After I actually saw it, I started thinking about my employees. We employ right at 20 people, and they are going to be the one's to really suffer without a job."

Before the fire, Travis said that business had been picking up and staying steady.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

Comments

Real odd....

July 11, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 15 weeks ago
Comment: 516

a. fire dosent begin until several hours AFTER CLOSING time.
b. Owner is TOO QUICK to point out "business is good".
c. No smoking anymore, so I doubt a cigarette was left to smolder.

Real odd! Oh well Catawba County Law Enforcement is on the job, so nothing to fear! Hey with that top notch SBI crime lab on the job the answers should start pouring in!

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