Two Stores Remain Closed After Fire At South Lakes Village Center

Cafesano, Hour Eyes damaged in Monday morning blaze.

 and at South Lakes Village Center remained closed Monday afternoon, about seven hours after a two-alarm fire on the roof.

Both stores are without power, and the stores sustained damage when firefighters had to chop through the roof to get to the fire, which started in the ceiling.

Cafesano employees are moving perishables from the eat-in restaurant to the catering operation about eight doors down. The eat-in restaurant may be closed for a few days, but patrons are welcome to go down to the catering stores, which offers take-out, to pick up their favorite salads, sandwiches and pizza, employees said.

The entire strip from Cafesano to Pet Valu was closed until about 1 p.m. Monday, when power was restored to most of the stores.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue was called to the shopping center about 8 a.m., when black smoke was seen above Cafesano and Hour Eyes. The fire began in the ceiling above Hour Eyes, said Deputy Chief James Walsh.

The fire was under control within 10 to 15 minutes, Walsh said. Fire and Rescue does not yet have information on exactly how the fire was started or how much damage was caused in dollar figures.

For more details and photos from the scene of the fire, 

Chris Purcell November 15, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Great coverage today, Karen.
Reston Mom November 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Please pass along to the Cafesano management and staff that the entire "Cafesano community" wishes them well and looks forward to the day when they are back in business. If there is anything they need from us, please get the word out and I'm confident we'll find a way to make it happen. Is their insurance covering everything?


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