perkins fire


UPDATED at 12:38 p.m.

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP – The former Hadley Road Perkins – recently rebranded as Mama Jane's Eatery – was destroyed by an early-morning fire.

Hempfield fire Chief Dave King said a passerby noticed flames coming from the roof and called 911 at roughly 1:20 a.m. Saturday.

"It's a complete loss," King said of the building. "The brick walls are still standing but that's it."

King said roughly 50 firefighters from 12 separate departments responded to the fire and were on scene until about 7 a.m. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but King said it appears the fire started near the center of the roof above the kitchen area. 

The building is insured and no foul play is suspected at this time, King said.

Paula Webster, of Mercer, bought the business after months of legal battles forced Perkins’ Hermitage and Grove City locations to shut down late last month. A federal bankruptcy court judge approved Webster’s acquisition of the Hempfield Township restaurant on Sept. 5.

See the full story in Sunday's edition of The Herald. 

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