Overnight fire destroys popular pizza restaurant in Corolla

By on September 12, 2018

Southern Shores VFD photo.

Video courtesy Lighthouse Bagels and Deli.

An overnight fire has destroyed the Tomato Patch Pizzeria at the Monteray Plaza in Corolla, with flames that could be seen from more than 7 miles across Currituck Sound on the mainland.

At 4:13 a.m., the Currituck Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from the owner of Lighthouse Bagels and Deli who reported that smoke and flames were visible through the roof of the restaurant located next door.

Currituck Fire-EMS crews and volunteers from Corolla Fire & Rescue arrived minutes later, according to Chief Chip Melton.

A defensive attack was started to contain the fire and keep it from extending to the building next door, where Lighthouse Bagels and several other businesses are located at the corner of N.C. 12 and Albacore Street, Melton said.

Currituck fire crews received help from Carova Beach volunteer Fire & Rescue, Duck Fire Department and Southern Shores volunteer fire department.

The fire was brought under control in two hours. No injuries were reported. The restaurant, which was unoccupied at the time, sustained heavy damage, while there was no damage to any nearby structures.

Melton said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Video courtesy Big Bucks Homemade Ice Cream on Facebook.

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Claudia, you are so right. My oceanfront home burned down twice until I had it hermetically sealed.

RIP Tomato town

The real life tomato town is gone 🙁 🍅


It seems like there are many fires on the Outer Banks. Does the salt air corrode the wiring?