State investigators say arson caused the fire that destroyed the restaurant owned by Democratic Senator Marc Basnight.
Basnight spokeswoman Amy Fulk says investigators told the Senate leader last week the fire was set intentionally. Fulk told the Outer Banks Sentinel that Basnight is shocked.
Fulk says authorities don't think Basnight or his family played any role in the May 1st blaze that burned the Lone Cedar Café between Manteo and Nags Head.
Nags Head town manager Charlie Cameron says authorities have not identified a suspect.
The restaurant reopened late last month.