Fire guts McDuffie restaurant

Friday, June 5, 2009 12:06 PM
Last updated 1:13 PM
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RAYSVILLE COMMUNITY, Ga. – Fire gutted a popular eatery and convenience store here in McDuffie County early today.

McDuffie County firefighters work on the roof of Bob's Cafe on Friday morning. Local and state authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. The restaurant area of the building was totally gutted, while the store area was extensively damaged by smoke and water.  Billy W. Hobbs/Staff
Billy W. Hobbs/Staff
McDuffie County firefighters work on the roof of Bob's Cafe on Friday morning. Local and state authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. The restaurant area of the building was totally gutted, while the store area was extensively damaged by smoke and water.

Although no one was injured, the Raysville Bait and Tackle and Bob’s Café, located at 5240 Lincolnton Highway, was extensively damaged by the fire, according to McDuffie Fire/Rescue Services Chief Bruce Tanner.

Local and state authorities began sifting through the ashes and debris of the business about mid-morning in an attempt to determine the cause. Chief Tanner said when the first firefighters arrived on the scene shortly before 6:30 a.m. that they saw flames coming from two different areas.

“We’ve called in the state fire marshal’s office and the sheriff’s department to help us in this investigation,” Chief Tanner said.

Chris Allman, the son of one of the co-owners, Barbara Allman, spotted smoke coming from the business while being driven to work by Dana Reese about 6:10 a.m.

“I saw a big cloud of smoke,” Mr. Allman said, noting that he later telephoned 911 to report the fire. “I couldn’t believe it.”

At least 10 people worked at the business.

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oldenuff2nobetter
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oldenuff2nobetter 06/05/09 - 03:41 pm
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Something smells smokey.

Something smells smokey.

HHSgrad
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HHSgrad 06/05/09 - 04:01 pm
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Man, that's terrible. They

Man, that's terrible. They had good food and was a convenient stop on the way to the lake. The gas prices was same as in town so I hate to see this happen.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/05/09 - 08:33 pm
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I have not been their in a

I have not been their in a while, but when I did fish up that way I stopped in they had good service.

Lakefront1
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Lakefront1 06/06/09 - 11:25 am
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I stopped yesterday and

I stopped yesterday and talked with Nanette Powell, one of the owners. The first thing she said to me was, "The worst part about it is we now have 15 people who have lost their jobs!" She and Bobby lost their building and have a lot of other headaches. However, her biggest concerned was the welfare of her employees. That's the kind of people they are--unselfish and kind. Hope they rebuild; they are needed in that community.

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