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Fire officials say accelerants were used in a blaze that destroyed a Sherrills Ford restaurant more than nine months ago.
The Pier 150 seafood restaurant was completely destroyed June 18, 2011, after a large fire gutted the building.
It took five departments and about 85 firefighters to put out the blaze that was first reported around midnight.â€¨
At the time, fire officials were unsure if the blaze, which occurred only a half-mile from the nearest fire station, was caused by arson or some other cause.
Now, Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Pettit said it appears accelerants were involved.
â€śBased on the information at this point, it appears that it was a set fire,â€ť Pettit said.
â€¨Pettit said fire investigators with the State Bureau of Investigation took and tested samples from the building, which tested positive for accelerants.
â€¨There are no suspects at this time, and local investigators are still seeking information from insurance companies, Pettit said.
â€¨â€śWeâ€™re proceeding with the investigation,â€ť he said.
The owner of Pier 150, Nikolas Fotinos, purchased the building in April 2010 for about $875,000, according to Catawba County records.
The Pier 150 restaurant, formerly Captain Peteâ€™s, was only open for a little more than a year, but area residents said business at the seafood oyster bar was usually slow.