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Fire destroys Original Pancake House on West Charleston

Fire destroys Original Pancake House on West Charleston

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 17, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A two-alarm fire early Friday morning has destroyed the Original Pancake House at 4833 W. Charleston Blvd., near Decatur Boulevard.

According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, the restaurant is a total loss. A passerby spotted smoke coming from air conditioning units on the roof and called in the fire at about 2:53 a.m. 

When firefighters arrived on scene, they discovered heavy smoke coming from vents on the roof.

A few minutes later, flames broke through the roof indicating that the attic over the entire building was fully involved.

The fire completely destroyed the attic area causing the roof to cave in and preventing firefighters and fire investigators from entering the building due to potential collapse.

Approximately 30 units and 60 firefighters responded to the fire. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters reported during the blaze.

The Original Pancake House began in 1952 in Portland, Oregon. There are more than 120 locations nationwide.

The Las Vegas location opened in 1995 and is owned by Stephan Freudenberger, according to its website. Many of the employees that work there now have been with the restaurant since the beginning. The restaurant employs about 25 people.

A fence is being erected around the site to prevent access.

Action News will continue to update this story as new information is received.


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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.