SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Emergency crews were called to fire at the Hardee’s restaurant on John T. Reid Parkway in Scottsboro early Friday.
A viewer first alerted News 19 of the fire around 12:45 a.m., sharing photos and a video that showed the restaurant in flames.
Scottsboro Fire Deputy Chief Jonathan Lee said the flames were high when the first crews arrived at the 12:15 a.m. fire call; three fire trucks and some off-duty firefighters were called to help fight the blaze.
Lee added nobody was injured, nobody was found inside, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
A News 19 photographer arrived around 2:30 a.m. At that time, white smoke was coming from the restaurant. Photos show the roof caved in, a collapsed wall, and extensive damage to the dining room.
Owner James Drain, who turns 90 later in the year and has owned restaurants across the city for 50 years, told News 19 his wife saw the news on Facebook.
He said he built the building in 1986 and it’s the second restaurant of his that’s burned down.
He added the news is sad for the employees; he hates to see them without a job, but he will try to rebuild the restaurant.