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Krispy Kreme building has a history of fires

By Nadine Maeser
Published On: Jun 03 2013 05:43:13 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 03 2013 11:26:03 PM EDT
Krispy Kreme building has a history of fires
ROANOKE, Va. -

The Krispy Kreme on Melrose Avenue will never open again, according to a company spokesman.

Employees inside the retro building have been sugar coating dough and supplying donuts to retail stores across the region for more than 50 years.

Now, the iconic donut shop in Roanoke is looking for a new home after a fire temporarily closed it last week. However, this is not the first time a fire has closed the doors on the shop.

WDBJ 7's cameras were there in December 1992 when Roanoke firefighters were called to the shop after an exterior sign on the building caught fire.

Despite the damage, Krispy Kreme decided to keep the lights on and re-open for business in the 90’s.

Fast-forward more than 10 years and a fire sparked again.

According to fire officials, last week’s fire was caused by an electrical malfunction inside the building. It caused about $100,000 worth of damage to the building.

Krispy Kreme has since made the call to close the doors of this shop and relocate elsewhere despite its history and legacy along Melrose Avenue in Roanoke.

WDBJ 7 reached out to Krispy Kreme for more details on Monday. They have not returned our calls.