Roof fire temporarily closes Big Boy restaurant

Business expected to be closed for up to 60 days

By: Jonathan Shead | Troy Times | Published July 20, 2021

 Troy Fire Department firefighters work to extinguish a July 14 fire from the ground and the air at the Big Boy restaurant at 200 W. Maple Road. The restaurant has been temporarily closed.

Troy Fire Department firefighters work to extinguish a July 14 fire from the ground and the air at the Big Boy restaurant at 200 W. Maple Road. The restaurant has been temporarily closed.

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A fire on the roof of Big Boy restaurant, 200 W. Maple Road, has left the restaurant temporarily closed. Restaurant owner Gerry Vento said it could be up to 60 days before his business is able to reopen. 

Firefighters were dispatched to the restaurant after 6 p.m. July 14 to find a light gray plume of smoke coming from the top of the building, along with flames. The firefighters worked from the ground level and from ladder trucks above to extinguish the blaze. 

“It was about 6 o’clock, and we had pretty much a full dining room. I smelled something, but I wasn’t too clear on what it was, so I went outside. I didn’t see anything, just observing out in the parking lot. I came back in, and a patron came off the street, rushed in and said, ‘Your roof is on fire,’ so we immediately got everybody out of the building. Thank God nobody was hurt and everybody was safe,” Vento said. “The Fire Department showed up a few minutes later and took care of it all.” 

Vento was able to evacuate all patrons and staff from the building safely, but the building didn’t come out unharmed. Damage to the building was mainly contained to the roof, with the exception of smoke and water damage found in the bathrooms, lobby and dining area of the restaurant below. 

“They’re telling me right now, tentatively, if we’re lucky, 60 days. The costs, I don’t know,” Vento said, adding that he couldn’t speculate as to the possible cause of the fire starting before receiving the Fire Department’s investigative report. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, a Troy Fire Department press release states. No injuries were reported. 

Despite the anticipated nearly two-month closure, Vento doesn’t believe his business will be impacted much. 

“We’ve got such a great, loyal customer base. Obviously, it was a misfortune, what happened, but we’re going to come back bigger and stronger,” he said. “I’ll continue to take care of my staff that work for me, because we’re all family. … Just hang tight. We’ll be back soon.” 

For more information, call the Troy Fire Department at (248) 524-3419 or visit the Troy Big Boy on Facebook, at facebook.com/TroyBigBoy.

Call Staff Writer Jonathan Shead at (586) 498-1093. 

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