Tosh Steakhouse and Bar in Arnprior destroyed in fire
A popular restaurant in Arnprior has been gutted after an early morning fire spread through the building Monday.
About 20 volunteer firefighters attacked the blaze, but heavy flames inside the building forced them to retreat and work to put out the fire from outside.
John Okum, the fire chief for the Arnprior Volunteer Fire department, said the damage to the restaurant is extensive, and said the building is not salvageable.
"It's a shame to see this kind of loss," said Okum, himself a regular at the restaurant.
OPP constable Hayley Chaplin was also a regular at the restaurant.
"We've been coming here since it opened — it's been open several years now — and it is regularly frequented by me and my colleagues so it really is unfortunate," said Chaplin.
Haley Rooney and her husband opened the restaurant in 2008. She said she's devastated by the loss but said they are already talking about rebuilding.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.