BEND, OR -- A massive fire destroyed the Sonic fast food restaurant on the south end of Bend, early Sunday morning. "The Manager showed up and found the building on fire and called 911," Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Derlacki told Central Oregon Daily at the scene, "Our crews are still working to put it out, as this got into the attic and [is] very difficult, operations-wise." Crews responded just after 6:30 a.m. and found heavy smoke pouring from under the roof.
More than 20 Bend Fire personnel worked the blaze for several hours, at S. Highway 97 and Pinebrook, forcing the agency to bring in crews from Redmond and Sunriver to cover other emergencies in the city.
There were no injuries but the restaurant appears to be a total loss, with more than $800,000 dollars in damages to the building and its contents. Derlacki said Sunday, "We’re just starting the investigation; we have no information of exactly what caused it. We’re working on interviews and securing the building, structurally, so we can enter it."
Photos courtesy Curtis Vogel, Central Oregon Daily