POINT PLEASANT — A popular eatery in Point Pleasant suffered major damage caused by a fire on Sunday afternoon which also injured two firefighters.
At 5:36 p.m. Sunday, the Point Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department received the call from Mason County 911 that there was a fire at Tom Tom’s, a food establishment located on the 2400-block of Jackson Avenue.
PPVFD Chief Jeremy Bryant said owner Tom Thompson and his wife were at the restaurant, which is closed on Sundays, working. The couple stated their vehicle, a 2016 Chevy Cruze had been turned off and was sitting in the drive-thru lane “all day” while they worked, when it appears it began to smoke and caught fire, spreading to the nearby building which actually housed Tom Tom’s, Bryant said.
The Thompson’s called for help and though the fire was extinguished quickly upon the arrival by firefighters, it caused significant damage to the car and structure.
At one point, a portion of the ceiling to Tom Tom’s dropped on two firefighters from the PPVFD, injuring them. They were both taken to Pleasant Valley Hospital where they were treated and later released.
“They were very, very lucky,” Bryant said, explaining people have a perception injuries only happen in larger structures but that is not always the case; they can happen anywhere.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Assisting PPVFD firefighters at the scene were personnel from the Gallipolis Fire Department, Mason County EMS and Point Pleasant Police Department.
Tom Tom’s started out selling hot dogs and then grew to include several menu items, becoming a popular stop for those looking for a different, home-cooked menu. The establishment also has become known for selling a variety of plants, including vegetable and flowers. It is locally owned by the Thompsons who are from Point Pleasant.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.