The Fairmont Fire Department said Friday's fire at River City Grille has been determined as arson.
Fairmont Fire Chief, Jim Emerick, said an accelerator was used to start the fire in the kitchen of the restaurant.
The Fairmont Police Department and West Virginia State Fire Marshal are investigating.
The Fairmont Fire Department considers the fire that severely damaged a Fairmont restaurant Friday morning to be suspicious.
It started just after 4:00 a.m. at River City Bar and Grille on Merchant Street, according to Marion County 911.
Fairmont Fire Chief, Jim Emerick, said no one was in the building when the fire started and no injuries were reported.
Chief Emerick said when his crew arrived on scene, flames were coming through the roof.
The building sustained extensive damage to the kitchen area as well as the roof.
Chief Emerick said the building is not considered a total loss, but it has suffered thousands of dollars in damage.
The Fairmont Fire Department and Fairmont Police Department are still on scene patching up hot spots and working to determine the cause, according to Chief Emerick.
Due to the fire being considered suspicious, Chief Emerick said the State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.
The Fairmont Fire Department, the Fairmont Police Department, and the Marion County Rescue Squad were all at the scene.
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