Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the blaze about 1:30 a.m. at the building on East Chapel Hill Street. Durham Fire Department authorities said the flames likely started in the duct of Pizzeria Toro and spread.
Details are scarce – hopefully the damage isn’t too severe. Pizzeria Toro posted the following tweet at 5 a.m.:
looks like we’re going to be closed for a bit.
UPDATE: The Durham News Dot Com chimes in:
A fire early Monday damaged a two-story downtown Durham building that houses Pizzeria Toro, The Cupcake Bar and apartments.
Sounds like The Cupcake Bar wasn’t hit as hard, based on this tweet:
Hello Friends. There was a fire in the building last night. The bakery’s okay, but we’ll be closed today. We’ll update you when we know more
MORE UPDATE: the Herald-Sun published a story with additional details. The bike shop there was also shut down. They state that the fire started in the exhaust ductwork near the oven.
EVEN MORE UPDATE: Pizzeria Toro hopes to reopen “by the New Year.”