Morning fire guts soul food restaurant
UPDATED at 5:39 p.m.
On Tuesday morning Wilkie Dawkins watched his business burn.
He said that he got the call that the building was on fire as he was taking his daughter to school.
“My daughter got a call from one of her school mates and I come down. We saw the smoke over the hill at Montlieu Street,” Dawkins said.
Dawkins’ restaurant Wilk’s Skillet Soul Food, at 1122 E. Lexington Ave., had been at the location since March. Dawkins and his wife, Geneva, opened their first restaurant in November 2011, on W. Green Drive before moving to a location on Prospect St. in February 2012.
Dawkins said this is not the end and he plans to let “God be God” as to the rebuilding of the restaurant.
“We’ll rebuild. There is greater,” Dawkins said. “I am pretty sure that we will get rebuilt and get started again. I don’t know how long but we will get back in.”
High Point Fire Department Capt. Denita Lynch said that the department received the call about the fire at 8:58 a.m.
“When our crews arrived we did have flames and smoke showing,” Lynch said. “We called the fire under controlled at 9:25 a.m. From what I am being told, a police officer that was in the area called it in.”
The building was heavily damaged and the roof on the right side of the building has collapsed. There were no injuries but the fire closed traffic on E. Lexington Drive, in the College Village Shopping area, from College Drive and Centennial Street.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but the origin of the fire was in the kitchen area, according to the fire marshal.
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An early morning blaze closed traffic and totaled the Wilks Skillet Soul Food restaurant across the street from the College Village Shopping Center this morning.
Traffic on Lexington Avenue near HPU is closed between College Drive and Centennial Street this morning. The fire's cause is under investigation.
No injuries happened in the fire. There's no estimate yet on damages, authorities say. The call came in about 9 a.m.