Although no one was injured, the Raysville Bait and Tackle and Bobs 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.
Weve called in the state fire marshals office and the sheriffs 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 couldnt believe it.
At least 10 people worked at the business.