Hob Nob in Walnut Ridge Destroyed by "Suspicious" Fire

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - We're tracking breaking news out of Lawrence County where the Hob Nob restaurant is "fully involved" in a massive fire according to authorities.

Firefighters have been battling the inferno for two hours as of this writing, but are still having difficulties with it.  Firefighters were called sometime around 3 a.m. when Nate Looney, who lives across the street, noticed the fire and called the fire department.  The location is expected to be a total loss.

No cause is known as of this hour but since there was no electricity to the building for months and due to the size of the fire, authorities are treating it as suspicious.  Because of this, state authorities are being brought in to investigate.

Nearly 60 firefighters and many different trucks from at least six fire departments responded to the fire.

The building is vacant but flames can be seen from outside of the city.  The bridal shop adjacent to the Hob Nob was also on fire.

The Hob Nob restaurant is located at 417 Highway 67 North.  It's directly across from the Polar Freeze restaurant.

Tonight on Region 8 News at Six, Keith Boles will have an extensive report on the fire and will try to learn more as to what caused the fire.