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Fire investigators say Enochville restaurant fire began at roof line

By Shavonne Walker
shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

ENOCHVILLE — Fire investigators say the late Monday night fire at West Side Café began at the back of the building in the roof line.

The fire destroyed the building at 615 N. Enochville Ave., leaving mostly a shell of the brick structure. Rowan County fire departments as well as the South Iredell, Shepherd and Mooresville fire departments responded.

The structure was built in 1947 and at one point was a supermarket. The building endured a fire in 1980s when it was Dal’s Bread and Bolts and owned by Dallas Campbell.

The cause of this week’s fire has not been determined yet.

“We are still looking at lightning,” said Fire Division Chief Deborah Horne.

She said investigators will continue to look into what may have caused the fire, including looking at videos captured by witnesses. Horne said a man who lived near the restaurant saw the fire soon after it began. He told investigators he saw the flames near the roof line.

“He saw the red glare. He saw it in the roof,” Horne said.

She said the building’s owner, Glenda Upright, does have insurance, but renter Andy Valentin, who owned Andy’s Electric Tattoo shop, did not have renter’s insurance.

According to Horne, Valentin was able to salvage a few items.

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