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June 20, 2014

Fire damages Aquarium Lounge

FAIRMONT — A structure fire was reported at one of Fairmont’s most popular restaurants late Wednesday night, leaving the kitchen area extensively damaged.

According to the Marion County 911 dispatch log, the fire was called in at 11:58 p.m. at the Aquarium Lounge on Gaston Avenue.

The dining room sustained smoke, water and heat damage, Fairmont Fire Chief Jim Emerick said. The structure is not a total loss, but “the kitchen is basically a total loss,” he said.

According to Emerick, the fire began in the kitchen, where the most damage was sustained.

“The kitchen is damaged extensively,” Emerick said. “It can be renovated, but it’s going to take time and money for that.”

Heat from the fire melted electrical wiring and water lines in the dining room, causing a lot of the water damage, Emerick said.

The restaurant is part of a two-story structure. Emerick said damage was sustained on the first floor where the restaurant is located.

Responders reported the fire was under control at 2:25 a.m. Thursday.

Emerick said the fire is not suspicious and that the investigation is currently closed unless the owners or an insurance company contacts the fire department and asks for a cause.

“Something on the stove caught on fire. What it was exactly we’re not sure because of all the damage in there,” Emerick said.

According to a dispatcher with Marion County 911, the Fairmont Fire Department, Fairmont Police Department and Marion County Rescue Squad responded to the call.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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