Virginia State Police are investigating a Monday night blaze at a former pizzeria — Dinis Brothers Pizza Restaurant — in South Boston, which caught fire exactly a year before.
According to South Boston Fire Department fire chief Steve Phillips, police were called to the scene due to the building not having any power.
“Any time there’s a fire with no power, we have to figure out how to explain that,” said Phillips.
Firefighters were called out to the fire at 10:32 p.m. Monday, and when they arrived at the scene, the fire chief said there was fire coming out the right side of the building toward the back and the front.
South Boston Fire Department responded with three trucks and 12 firefighters and were assisted by Halifax Volunteer Fire Department with six firefighters on two trucks, Turbeville Volunteer Fire Department with two firefighters on one truck and Midway Volunteer Fire Department with three firefighters on one truck.
Firefighters remained on the scene until almost 1 a.m. fighting the blaze.
The property, owned by Dinis Gregoris and valued at roughly $300,000, sustained approximately $100,000 in damages, said Phillips.
A year before on Nov. 15, 2020, firefighters with the South Boston Fire Department responded to the blaze at the same building at 5:34 a.m. and remained on the scene until 8:14 a.m. At that time, they estimated $100,000 in damages. The initial fire started in the kitchen area.