A late-Thursday morning fire destroyed a popular Yakima drive-in restaurant on Fruitvale Boulevard.
Yakima firefighters were called out at 11:43 a.m. after multiple callers reported seeing smoke and flames coming from the Stop and Go Drive Inn, 2820 Fruitvale Blvd. Firefighters found flames on the roof and initially attacked the fire from the outside, said Shift Commander Mitch Cole.
The fire extended into the building’s attic, Cole said, causing clouds of black smoke to fill the air around the building. Police temporarily closed Fruitvale Boulevard between North 30th and North 28th avenues because fire hydrants were on the opposite side of the street from the restaurant.
Firefighters entered the building after determining the ceiling would not collapse, Cole said, and crews also put water down a roof vent. Firefighters had the fire out by 12:30 p.m., and an investigator was going to examine the scene to determine how it was started, Cole said.
The drive-up restaurant was closed, and no employees or customers were at the Stop and Go when the fire started, according to a news release.
Sixteen firefighters responded, along with the department’s rehabilitation unit to provide water and sports drinks for the firefighters as well as refill air bottles.
Yakima County tax records show the building was assessed at $53,300. Officials estimated the cost of the damage to the building and its contents at $115,000.
The restaurant has been a Yakima landmark since 1948, and has been owned by members of the same family since 1994.