ATLANTA, GA - A second fire occurred few weeks ago in Wednesday afternoon at the now-closed Krispy Kreme on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown, nearly six months after a fire blasted through the famous doughnut restaurant there.
Shaquille O'Neal, a basketball legend and sports broadcaster, owns the historic Krispy Kreme shop.
Just after 4:30 p.m., Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta Fire and Rescue arrived on the site to discover flames shooting through the roof along the east side of the structure. The blaze was immediately extinguished. No one was located inside the structure, and there were no injuries recorded. The exact cause of the fire is yet unknown.
The shop's utilities were allegedly turned off after the February 10 fire, and the property has been walled off since then. According to Stafford, it appears that the building's renovations have yet to start.
The first fire happened on February 10 at 12:30 a.m. Flames flared out at the drive-thru window, which was opened at the moment, in the back of the building. Two staff who were working that evening were unharmed. The fire destroyed the Krispy Kreme, destroying the back of the building and burning the front of the doughnut shop's ordering counter.
The cause of the February fire was subsequently determined to be arson. Surveillance photographs taken at the time of the fire from the shop on the night of the blaze reveal a figure of interest dressed entirely in black. In this case, no arrests have been made.
As part of a 2016 franchise arrangement with the North Carolina-based doughnut brand, O'Neal bought the iconic Krispy Kreme on Ponce. The drive-thru window at this facility, which opened in 1965, was open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It was the only kosher-certified Krispy Kreme in the city of Atlanta. His partners and he have vowed to restore it.
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