Hungry Farmer closed by morning fire

Staff Report

CANA — An early morning basement fire has temporarily closed Cana’s Hungry Farmer Restaurant on U.S. 52.

According to Cana Volunteer Fire Department Chief Richard Sowers, the fire was primarily in a room in the building’s basement. The building is located at 15397 Fancy Gap Highway.

Sowers said the fire occurred at 5 a.m. Friday morning. The resulting smoke filled the restaurant, which is above the room, prompting owners to close the establishment. He said no one was in the basement room at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported in connection with the fire.

The fire chief said the basement room appears to have suffered a lot of damage and a routine investigation to discover the cause of the fire is underway.

Units responding to the fire included Cana Volunteer Fire Department, Ararat (Virginia) Volunteer Fire Department, Carroll County Fire and Rescue and Carroll County Emergency Medical Services.

Sowers said he doesn’t expect the restaurant to be closed long, judging on the extent of the smoke damage.

Owner Karen Hawks told WDBJ7 television that she originally hoped to reopen on Saturday. However, because of damage to a steel support beam, she wasn’t sure when she would be able to open.

Staff Report

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