A fire Thursday night burned a large section of the roof of the Los Hermanos restaurant in Pollock Pines. The restaurant is located in the Pony Express Station Plaza.
Reported at 11:45 p.m., the fire was contained by 2:50 a.m. according to Battalion Chief Mike Pott of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District. Cal Fire assisted in putting out the fire.
Pott said they don’t know how the fire started and it is too early to estimate the cost of damage to the building. The attic was a complete loss, said Pott, but there was also water, heat and smoke damage to the first floor.
The building and plaza are owned by Evan Bell, who is the owner and president of Irv Seaver Motorcycles in Orange. But the restaurant was run by Dan and Larry Arens for over 20 years. Larry bought out his brother’s interest a few years back.
The restaurant was a popular eating place until it closed down in July due to the weak economy.
According to Sparky Hammett, who runs a business across from the restaurant, Larry Arens has been removing equipment and furnishings from the building ever since it closed. He noted that despite the building being closed, the lights were still on.
However Larry Arens said the electricity and propane had been turned off since July and he didn’t think that either could have started the fire.
“I would say vandals at his point. There is no other reason (for the fire),” he said. “Everything was turned off.”
Battalion Chief Pott said an investigative team would be formed to determine the cause of the fire.
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