A fire ripped through a popular Mooresville bar/restaurant early this morning, gutting much of the interior and destroying equipment.
The blaze was already a “good little fire” at the Full Throttle Bar and Grill when firefighters from from Mooresville Fire Department arrived about 3:38 a.m., said Battalion Chief Jamie Barrier.
About 45 firefighters from Mooresville and several surrounding volunteer fire departments worked about 45 minutes to put out the blaze. By late morning, the Mooresville Fire Marshall office was at the scene in an intensive investigation, but preliminary damage estimates were set at $200,000 on the building and another $200,000 for equipment.
Barrier said the fire appeared to have started in the front interior. He wouldn't say if the fire appeared to be suspicious.
Employees were in the parking lot when firefighters arrived. They and other witnesses were being interviewed to help determine how the fire started.
The bar and grill, near Interstate 77 at exit 36, had been operating for 2 to 3 months, Barrier said. It had been two different businesses before it became Full Throttle, including a steak house.