Restaurant destroyed by Sunday fire
by RACHEL DAVIS
Apr 23, 2013 | 4284 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Firefighters from Sumiton and Dora battled the pre-dawn flames at Kontry Kitchen on Hull Road for several hours Sunday morning. The aged building and layers of remodels made it difficult to extinguish the flames as the roof continued to burn. – Photo by: Rachel Davis.
Firefighters from Sumiton and Dora battled the pre-dawn flames at Kontry Kitchen on Hull Road for several hours Sunday morning. The aged building and layers of remodels made it difficult to extinguish the flames as the roof continued to burn. – Photo by: Rachel Davis.
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SUMITON — Larry’s Kontry Kitchen on Hull Road caught fire early Sunday morning. Firefighters from Sumiton and Dora Fire Departments battled the blaze for hours, before the building was declared a total loss.

Hull Road remained closed for several hours on Sunday while the fire department kept an eye on the smoldering remains of the building.

Larry Cummings, who owned the restaurant, said the business closed at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

The first call to Sumiton Fire and Rescue was logged at 3:50 a.m. on Sunday. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after that and called for assistance from Dora Fire. The firefighters connected to a nearby fire hydrant and pumped water from two engines in an attempt to suppress the flames.

The building was an older structure and had survived through at least two additions, resulting in overlapping roofs that worked to feed the fire while keeping the firefighters from extinguishing the flames.

Employees of the restaurant began arriving for work, only to find their workplace in flames.

Several members of the staff appeared distraught and emotional while watching the building continue to burn. As daylight broke, regular breakfast customers also began to arrive.

At press time the cause of the fire was not known and remains under investigation.