Around 4 a.m. today, the vacant restaurant building, formerly known as Napoleon's, caught fire.
Chief Sam Myers of the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company said that since the structure had no power or utilities, "It definitely is suspicious."
Myers said an inmate was cleaning at the county jail when he noticed flames. He told the deputies, who then placed the call. When crews arrived, at 67 Waterloo St., fire had spread through the second floor, and flames were spilling out windows.
"It's a very old building," said Myers. So the crews took a defensive approach to the blaze--approaching the attack form outside the building to ensure the safety of firefighters.
As of Saturday morning, there are two arson investigators on the scene, in addition to detectives, according to Sgt. Southard of the Warrenton Police Department. Though the cause remains unknown, he said more will be made public as the investigation continues.
The building's owner, Horacio Magalhaes, had begun the process of restoring and demolishing parts of the former restaurant--a federal-style building which dates back to 1825--but the renovations had not come to total fruition before the event of the fire.
Photo Courtesy New Baltimore Fire Department