NEW INFO: Fire Severely Damages Peaden's Grill

Fire investigators have launched a special team to aid them in searching for answers as to what started a fire at a popular restaurant in the east.

The back of Peadan Grill and Cafeteria is where fire officials focused their search Friday morning.

Greenville Fire Marshal Gary Coggins said fire investigators were making their way to the back of the building but debris from the roof and potential collapsing was an issue.

The North Carolina Task Force 10 or NCTF 10 was out cutting wood to try and secure the structure.

The fire marshal says they may not be able to get to the back of the building until Saturday.

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Fire investigators have spent the day at Peaden's Grill in an effort to find out what started Thursday night's fire.

The popular restaurant caught fire shortly before 6:00 p.m. It eatery normally closes at 3:00 p.m. so there was no one inside when the fire started.

So far Greenville Fire-Rescue says it has not yet determined how the fire began.

Owner Terry Peaden has pledged to rebuild the restaurant.


Previous Story

The fire at Peaden's Girl on Memorial Drive in Greenville was contained about an hour after the first call came in Thursday. Officials say the restaurant was at least one third destroyed. A full investigation will start today. Terry Peaden said “It’s pretty much gone but we’ll build back.”

Crews on the scene say the fire likely started in the attic, and appears electrical in nature. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire, it usually closes daily at 3pm.

Original Story

Fire units from Greenville & Pitt County are on the scene of a fire at a restaurant Thursday evening.

The fire heavily damaged Peaden's Grill on North Memorial Drive. The first call went out just before 6:00 p.m.

WITN has a crew at the fire and will have updates as they become available.


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  • by Kayla Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2010 at 06:29 PM
    I'm missing the place already... Working there long enough the people that come in there start to become bestfrinds, parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents. It was literally like watching my own house burn to the ground. we will rebuild to be bigger and stronger then ever. I greatly miss yall of you who have become my family as well.. hope to see you all soon!!!
  • by Wendy Location: depends on the day on Feb 22, 2010 at 03:33 PM
    This whole conversation has taken an unnecessary turn towards negativity now that has nothing to do with the original story. Please if you have issues taken them somewhere else. This page is for comments related to the Peaden's fire story, now for someone to engage in childish and immature antics. If your issue is Peaden's then by all means let us know, but if you are here to humiliate and degrade please go to a social networking site, trust me you will have a greater audience there. As for the Peaden's story, which is why most of us are here to begin with, my thoughts are with the Peadens and their employees. Knowing them the way I do it will be no time before this place comes back better and stronger. The landmark that is Peaden's will no doubt prevail!
  • by Bob Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    I have been reading this message board a VERY long time. I have NEVER seen someone as totally obliterated, taken to task as PK did to Dave below! Wow. PK totally has Dave pegged and knocked it out of the park on the 10:27am post. LOL!!! Dave, your postings point to a very troubled, uninsightful man. Seek assistance please.
  • by for Dave Location: Tennessee on Feb 22, 2010 at 03:00 AM
    Dave,I expect that kind of behavior comin from u,If it had of been ur means of income or ur family business,and u had to rebuild.U would b cryin the blues.I will pray for u,and it sounds to me that u need Jesus Christ in ur life.If u were happy at home u wouldnt have to trash this fam, during this hard time,u know we r in a recession and things r hard on everyone.Peaden fam,pleeze dont let these kind of remarks get u down,alot of ppl dont know any better,its the way they were raised.U will come back better and stronger than before.God Bless and know that alot of ppl r in ur corner.Miss yall much!!!!!!!!
  • by PK on Feb 21, 2010 at 07:27 AM
    Dave: Perhaps the people commenting on THIS article are here for the very purpose of recalling a place that served as a gathering place for them. Perhaps it is more for the memories of shared time together and fellowship and NOT to debate whether this restaurant served fare that you approve. Perhaps locals have touchstones that bind them (as all localities do) and every time one of these touchstones are mentioned it does not warrant derogatory, mocking points proffered by an insecure, semi-educated, spiteful, emotionally insecure maturational adolescent dressed in a man's body. Your facade is weak. Pennsylvania has many greasy spoon diners by the way, and that is OK too. Finally, perhaps a smidgen of insight on your part (forgive the comedy) would suggest that instead of these people "moving on" (as you write in your own inimitable doltish way) that YOU would "move on" to another WITN story. Simple really. But then that would not feed your characterological deficits, huh?
  • by colville Location: pitt county on Feb 20, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    I am sorry Terry to hear about the fire at Peaden's. I know that this has been a family business for many years here in Greenville,and I go there when I want some good country food!! I will keep you and your family in my prayers and I'm glad to hear you are planning on rebuilding and carrying own the family business!!
  • by Dave Location: In the zone on Feb 20, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    Marie, what are you trying to say? This is a place to post comments in complete sentences NOT A CELL PHONE where you can use all of these illiterate abbreviations. As for this Peaden's place, move on people!!
  • by PK on Feb 20, 2010 at 05:57 PM
    Does this thread really have to devolve into a Washington vs. Greenville thing? The cities are 20 minutes apart, each has its strengths, and the towns complement and need one another. My parents are Bath natives, I now live in Greenville. Greenville has the university and hospital that puts much money into Beaufort County coffers. Washington folks may not want to admit it, but in many ways Washington is a suburb of Greenville. We all know Beaufort County residents that commute. Ask any of the businesses in downtown Washington or any area realtor if they desire Pitt County business. The answer will be unanimously affirmative. Stop slinging mud, each city is valuable. C'mon people- really!
  • by Knowing on Feb 20, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    Well, we understand now why poor Nelson couldn't agree with Washington. Bless his heart ... he called it "little Washington" as the other foreigners do. Sympathy goes to all those involved with Peaden's Grill. It's really tough to lose your business.
  • by Marie Location: Tennessee on Feb 20, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    OMG!!!! I am so sry for the Peaden family,I am from Greenville and travel out of town with my husband,when we get home I always make it to Peadens Grill,Miss those good cheeseburgers,best in the world. We cant get good burgers on the road.When I walk in the door they know how I want my burger befor I even ask for it.From where I am lookin I think thats pretty commendable that they care enough to rmember what u like.Not to long ago my baby brother passed away and I told Terry and also told him 11 months prior to that I had lost my older brother.Terry bein Terry,didnt charge me for my meal. Do u think ur gonna get that from Burger King,no u want. They r kind god fearin ppl,and care bout the ppl in the community.Dont let the negitive comments get u down.The ppl who matter r ur loyal customers.U have God on ur side and it doesnt get better than that,Know that u r in our prayers and I will b back for those great burgers.Many prayers also for the staff.... Marie Roberson
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