Early morn­ing fire de­stroys most of Dou­ble G bar

Ar­son in­spec­tors still search­ing for cause of blaze

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Am­ber Pittman

A ci­ti­zen driv­ing down U. S. Hwy 278 called 911 this morn­ing af­ter notic­ing flames com­ing out of the back of Dou­ble G Sports Bar & Grill.

Al­though fire­fight­ers from the Cov­ing­ton Fire Depart­ment were quick to re­spond, roughly 60 per­cent of the build­ing has been de­stroyed.

Ac­cord­ing to one of the owner’s, Tommy Bal­lard, emer­gency per­son­nel con­tacted him at around 6: 30 a. m. Thurs­day and asked him to come to the site where he met with the other owner, Ron­ald Martin, so the two could as­sess the dam­age.

Bal­lard said he was wait­ing to find out the ex­act amount of dam­age be­fore they de­cided if re­build­ing would be a pos­si­bil­ity.

The build­ing may look fine from the front, but the ma­jor­ity of the back has been re­duced to rub­ble.

At this time it is un­clear what started the fire, ac­cord­ing to CFD Capt. Rob Christo­pher, though fire­fight­ers and ar­son in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the county and the state spent the bet­ter part of Thurs­day at the lo­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Christo­pher it was a very ac­tive fire, but since the fire depart­ment was lo­cated so close to Dou­ble G, the flames did not spread to sur­round­ing busi­nesses.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

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