The Star Democrat

Fire destroys Pizza Empire in Henderson

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HENDERSON — An early morning fire destroyed a popular local restaurant last Thursday.

Firefighte­rs responded just before 5 a.m. Nov. 11 to Pizza Empire at 24,700 Goldsboro Road for reports of a structure fire. The business was closed at the time of the fire, which was reported by a homeowner, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Both smoke and fire alarms were present and activated, the report said.

It took 30 firefighte­rs, led by Goldsboro Volunteer Fire Company, about 45 minutes to control the blaze, which did an estimated $200,000 in damages, the fire marshal’s report said. No injuries were reported.

Investigat­ors determined the fire started in a commercial kitchen appliance; the cause remains under investigat­ion. Anyone with informatio­n regarding this fire is asked to contact the Upper Eastern Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 410-822-7609.

Workers at the Pizza Empire in Denton said they expect it will be several

months before the Henderson location is able to reopen.

 ?? FIRE MARSHAL’S PHOTO ?? The Pizza Empire in Henderson is closed after an early morning kitchen fire Nov. 11 ravaged the restaurant.
FIRE MARSHAL’S PHOTO The Pizza Empire in Henderson is closed after an early morning kitchen fire Nov. 11 ravaged the restaurant.

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