DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Zack’s Family Restaurant sustained significant damage to the inside of the restaurant after a kitchen fire a little more than a week ago and now the owner Zack and Dianne Whaley are waiting to take the next step.
After further investigation, it was discovered that recently dried washcloths were the cause of the fire.
“They had been washed and dried,” Co-owner of Zack’s Family Restaurant, Zack Whaley said. “Then the lady put them in a bucket, brought them inside, and set them on a shelf, and that’s where they stayed for 10 hours or so until that fire started.”
The fire started in the kitchen on July 16th and ever since Zack’s doors have been shut.
Over the past week, insurance adjusters came to look at the restaurant, and now Zack and his wife Dianne await the final report.
“The head man in Atlanta will get all of their reports probably sometime early next week and go over them and see what he comes up with,” Whaley said.
The Whaley’s say they will wait for the final report before they decide what to do next with the restaurant.
Originally, the structure of the building looked like it didn’t sustain any severe damage, but after further investigation, there is work to be done.
“It did get a little bit up in the attic in the kitchen there and all of the wires will have to be rewired,” Whaley said. “The whole building will have to be.”
Zack’s Family Restaurant has been open in Dothan since 2006 and the Whaley’s say they have missed serving the people in the Wiregrass.
“We just appreciate Dothan and have been missing you guys,” Whaley said. “It’s been a long week. The people around here in this Wiregrass area have been great to us over the years and I wouldn’t have this happen to anybody.”
One of the signs that did not burn on the inside of the restaurant was a sign that read, “In God We Trust”.
Luckily no one was harmed in the fire a week ago and the Whaley’s were super appreciative of the Dothan Fire Department for their quick response