By Emily Weaver
Dunn Daily Record
ANGIER – A popular pizza and pasta restaurant in Angier is temporarily closed for repairs after a fire burned through two walls of the business late Wednesday night.
Two Cousins Pizza and Pasta owner Josh Breed says he expects the restaurant to reopen by the second weekend in December.
The pizzeria closed at 9:30 p.m. and the fire might have gone unnoticed if not for a late night flight.
Jennifer Thibodeaux was picking up a friend at the airport from a flight due in around 7:30 p.m. Breed offered to leave dinner for her and her friend at the restaurant when he learned the flight was delayed.
When Thibodeaux stepped into the closed restaurant at 10:45 p.m., she smelled smoke and called 911, according to Breed.
Fire and rescue crews responded to the pizzeria and reported a working structure fire with smoke billowing from the building around 11 p.m.
Breed says the fire started inside one of the walls and probably would have done more damage had Thibodeaux not dropped by when she did.
Natural gas lines were temporarily shut off to this business and surrounding shops, which included Compare Foods and the Washland Laundromat.
The Angier & Black River Fire Department were assisted at the scene by the Buies Creek, Coats-Grove and Fuquay-Varina fire departments. No injuries were reported.