Locals Remember Restaurant Destroyed by Fire

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A fire tied up traffic on Route Two in both directions in Pleasants County early Tuesday morning. Flames took out the old Highway Grill in Belmont.

A community staple destroyed as a fire ripped through the upstairs. People in Belmont came out to see the damage at the restaurant known to them as the Highway Grill.

"Good food there at one time until this happened. I don't know what happened but I heard it on the scanner. It's a shame though," says Belmont resident, Charles.

While investigators still aren't saying what caused the fire, people in town say the building's been vacant for years.

"It's been 10 years, I think.I don't know if it's been quite that long, but it's been quite awhile," says Janice who also lives nearby.

A building destroyed, but memories remain. Janice says she'll never forget the great food at the Highway Grill.

"There was a good cook there, Mrs. Powell, she was a cook here several years ago. She made awful good pies."

Investigators are still working to figure out what caused the fire. No word on if there were any utilities on in the building.

This article was contributed by WTAP Television in Parkersburg.