HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Four people escaped all but certain injuries Thursday afternoon after a partial roof collapse at a Sandston restaurant left bricks, concrete slabs and pieces of metal on the ground where they stood, moments prior.
The Henrico Fire Department began receiving calls about the collapse at Fat Boy’s Bar & Grill around 2 p.m., and arrived to discover the front portion of the restaurant’s roof had slid off the building.
Co-owner Hannah Brown recalls the moment she heard about the damage following a call with fiancé, and co-owner, Matthew Dougherty.
“I got a call saying ‘hey, you need to update everybody on Facebook, we are closed. The roof fell in,’ and I’m like ‘what?,'” Brown said.
In addition to the debris outside the restaurant, two cars at the auto shop next door were badly damaged.
The restaurant just opened in February in a building that has been a longtime home to multiple businesses. Henrico Fire says at least one other restaurant and a pharmacy operated on site.
But for Brown, the collapse added stress to already existing grief; her family laid her grandmother to rest this week.
“My nana was definitely shining down on us, making sure everyone was safe,” Brown said after watching the security video from a business next door.
Henrico Fire Battalion Chief Doug Reynolds was equally as stunned after seeing the video.
“Four people came out of the building, just missed getting crushed,” he said.
Brown said she is hopeful the restaurant will bounce back, and bounce back soon.
“We just want to cook food for everybody and hope they enjoy it, that’s all we want to do,” she said.
8News has requested information from Henrico County about inspection reports for the building.
The landlord, who was on site after the collapse, told 8News he was hopeful his insurance would cover the damage.
This is a developing story, 8News is working to learn more.