Just after 8 p.m., the Campbell County Fire Department (CCFD) responded to the report of smoke at Humphrey’s Bar and Grill. No one was injured and damage to the building is minor.
“When we arrived, the management staff was evacuating the building,” said Interim Fire Chief J.R. Fox.
The malfunction did cause a small fire on the north-side exterior roof area, beneath the neon sign, and light smoke inside the dining area.
“Once the fire was extinguished, we have to check for fire extension, and part of that process is removing some of the siding and making sure the fire wasn’t into the walls or into the roof of the building,” Fox explained.
In addition to removing the charred material from the exterior, fire crews also cut two small holes in the sheetrock inside the restaurant to assure there was no fire in the void spaces of the wall.
Today, Humphrey’s is open for business as usual. The restaurant did not re-open last night, because by the time the fire department cleared the scene, it was already past closing time.
The CCFD responded to another structure fire earlier in the afternoon on Nathan Hale Road that was reported by a passer-by.
“When we received the call, it was already heavily involved in fire,” said Fox.
Fire crews were on scene there from 2 to 9 p.m. Fire investigators are still working on determining an exact cause, but Fox said the cause does not appear to be suspicious in nature.
No one was home at the time of the fire. The structure will most likely be considered a total loss.