Officials release results of investigation into Mayflower restau - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

Officials release results of investigation into Mayflower restaurant fire

Posted:
Image by Kayla Lambert Image by Kayla Lambert

BLUEFIELD, Va (WVVA)-- After the popular restaurant, The Mayflower, burned down last October, the question has been, what caused the blaze?

After the fire broke out, people in the area told us they're devastated by the loss of the restaurant.

It was a gathering place for many and people say it also supported the area economy.

WVVA spoke with Special Agent John Santolla of the Virginia State Police Tuesday.

He says the cause has been ruled "undetermined" because investigators could not rule out the gas furnaces located near the dining area, where the fire burned hottest. 


--------------

 

BLUEFIELD, Va. (WVVA)-- After a popular restaurant, goes up in flames, people in Bluefield, Virginia and the surrounding community are in shock.

The Mayflower restaurant in Bluefield has been an icon in the area for nearly two decades.

People tell WVVA it's a gathering place on Sunday mornings, and a place to get a good meal, but now it's completely destroyed.

Investigators with the Virginia State Police are working to find the cause.

They can't rule out arson, but Special Agent John Santolla said it's not an official arson investigation as of Friday afternoon. When we spoke with Santolla, he was still at work on the property.

People like Darla Yates, who saw the blaze are now in mourning over the restaurant that she says helped the community so much.

"I saw an icon on fire [last night]," she said.  "[It] served the community with fundraisers. My little boy, he's 11. He's in tears because he was supposed to have a fundraiser here November 4th."

Other community members also sounded off about the damage at the restaurant, some even shedding tears when looking at the remains.

The restaurant's owners were too distraught to speak on-camera.

-----------

BLUEFIELD, Va. (WVVA) - A longtime staple of Bluefield, Virginia, is gone this morning after being consumed by flames late Thursday night.

Police Chief Harry Cundiff said the first reports came in around 9:30 p.m. of a fire at The Mayflower restaurant -- about 30 minutes after closing time.

By the time first responders arrived on scene, the blaze had fully engulfed the building.

Crews worked for three hours to battle the blaze. Smoke was visible more than a mile away.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

---

Firefighters and police were on the scene Thursday night as fire engulfed the Mayflower restaurant on Hockman Pike in Bluefield, Virginia.

Police Chief Harry Cundiff tells us the call came in around 9:30 this evening from someone who saw smoke coming through the windows, and when firefighters arrived the structure was fully engulfed in flames.

At this point investigators don't know the cause or where the fire started.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Persons of Interest Sought in Triple Shooting

    Persons of Interest Sought in Triple Shooting

    Beckley (WVVA) -- Police now say they have persons of interest after a triple shooting in Beckley...More >>
    Beckley (WVVA) -- Police now say they have persons of interest after a triple shooting in Beckley...More >>
  • Senior Alert Issued in Frederick Co. VA

    Senior Alert Issued in Frederick Co. VA

    FREDERICK CO. (WVVA)- The Virginia State Police have issued a senior alert on behalf of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.According to a press release, Frederick Sheriff's Deputies are searching for Sandra Lee Starr, 72. Starr was last seen on August 29, 2014 at Hilltop House Assisted Living Center in Frederick County. She is said to be 5'4", weighing 100 lbs, with blue eyes and gray hair.The press release states, "The missing senior suffers from a cognitive impairment and the disappearan...More >>
    FREDERICK CO. (WVVA)- The Virginia State Police have issued a senior alert on behalf of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.According to a press release, Frederick Sheriff's Deputies are searching for Sandra Lee Starr, 72. Starr was last seen on August 29, 2014 at Hilltop House Assisted Living Center in Frederick County. She is said to be 5'4", weighing 100 lbs, with blue eyes and gray hair.The press release states, "The missing senior suffers from a cognitive impairment and the disappearan...More >>
  • Highway dedicated to fallen soldier

    Highway dedicated to fallen soldier

    HINTON, WV (WVVA) -On October 23, 1983 more than 200 American soldiers lost their lives in a bombing in Beirut, Lebanon."A terrorist drove a truck laden with 20,000 pounds of propane gas which killed 220 marines, 18 sailors, and 3 army soldiers." Retired Marine Sergeant Malcom Howell remembers vividly the day that a suicide bomber drove right into a building with his best friend inside.Sergeant Mecot Camara was one of the 241 killed. Thirty years later, a highway in his home town is being ded...More >>
    HINTON, WV (WVVA) -On October 23, 1983 more than 200 American soldiers lost their lives in a bombing in Beirut, Lebanon."A terrorist drove a truck laden with 20,000 pounds of propane gas which killed 220 marines, 18 sailors, and 3 army soldiers." Retired Marine Sergeant Malcom Howell remembers vividly the day that a suicide bomber drove right into a building with his best friend inside.Sergeant Mecot Camara was one of the 241 killed. Thirty years later, a highway in his home town is being ded...More >>
  • Teachers at North Tazewell Elementary take the 'ice bucket challenge'

    Teachers at North Tazewell Elementary take the 'ice bucket challenge'

    NORTH TAZEWELL (WVVA) Teachers at North Tazewell Elementary School decided to take the 'ice bucket challenge. More than 20 teachers and staff took part in the challenge Friday...More >>
    NORTH TAZEWELL (WVVA) Teachers at North Tazewell Elementary School decided to take the 'ice bucket challenge. More than 20 teachers and staff took part in the challenge Friday...More >>
  • Firefighter injured in Greenbrier Co. now recovering

    Firefighter injured in Greenbrier Co. now recovering

    A firefighter is recovering at home after being life flighted out on Monday.  The Smoot Volunteer Fire Department in Greenbrier County says one of its men went out to fuel up the truck Monday evening...More >>
    A firefighter is recovering at home after being life flighted out on Monday.  The Smoot Volunteer Fire Department in Greenbrier County says one of its men went out to fuel up the truck Monday evening...More >>
  • WV educational leaders address business summit

    WV educational leaders address business summit

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA) -Common Core, technology, and dropouts were some of the most controversial topics educators discussed Friday at The Greenbrier Resort.The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its annual summit, but not before those attending heard from the state's educational leaders.The education symposium consisted of a panel of experts in education within the state, from the Board of Education President, Gayle Manchin, to the new superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano and...More >>
    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA) -Common Core, technology, and dropouts were some of the most controversial topics educators discussed Friday at The Greenbrier Resort.The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its annual summit, but not before those attending heard from the state's educational leaders.The education symposium consisted of a panel of experts in education within the state, from the Board of Education President, Gayle Manchin, to the new superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano and...More >>
  • 'The Pride of West Virginia' performs for students in Princeton

    'The Pride of West Virginia' performs for students in Princeton

    PRINCETON (WVVA) The West Virginia University Marching Band performed in front of thousands of schoolchildren in Mercer County.The 400 member band, also known...More >>
    PRINCETON (WVVA) The West Virginia University Marching Band performed in front of thousands of schoolchildren in Mercer County.The 400 member band, also known...More >>
  • Man is arrested for growing pot in his home

    Man is arrested for growing pot in his home

    FAYETTE COUNTY (WVVA) A man is arrested for growing marijuana in his home.Herbert Wayne Bowyer, 62, of Lavista is charged with one count of Cultivation of Marijuana...More >>
    FAYETTE COUNTY (WVVA) A man is arrested for growing marijuana in his home.Herbert Wayne Bowyer, 62, of Lavista is charged with one count of Cultivation of Marijuana...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVVA.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Audrey Sluss at (304) 324-0659. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.