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Fire at Sweetie Pie's in Dellwood is suspicious, fire department says

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DELLWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Bomb and Arson squad is currently investigating an early Sunday morning fire in a Dellwood restaurant. 

Metro North Fire Protection District officials say a one-alarm fire at Sweetie Pie’s in Dellwood is suspicious after quickly containing it to the roof.

“There was no cause for the fire in that area.  It looks suspicious,” Captain Rich Hilligardt said. “We picked up a smell maybe of gasoline.  We’re not sure because it mixed in with the foam rubber on the roof.”

St. Louis County Police, who had officers assigned to the city of Dellwood, responded to a call for a fire at the Sweetie Pie's restaurant around 3:45 a.m. 

The fire itself was not much of a problem.  Determining exactly what happened and when is the bigger issue. 

“It was easy to contain.  It’s just a good thing it didn’t get underneath the roof and ceiling.  That would have been a problem,” Captain Hilligardt said.

The St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit with St. Louis County Police were called to investigate.  Normally they would have the K-9 officers help out but they couldn’t get the police dogs on the roof.

Instead police had to bring pieces of the roof back to the lab to investigate.

The flames caused damage to the restaurant's roof, and the fire was able to burn a hole in the roof. The size of the hole is between 15 and 20 feet. 

The incident is being investigated by the St. Louis Regional Bomb & Arson Unit.

If you have information related to the incident, please contact the St. Louis Regional Bomb & Arson Unit or CrimeStoppers.

This is not the first damage that’s been done to Sweetie Pie’s in the last couple months.  Back in July a thief broke in through the front door and stole the entire cash register.

Store manager Janice O’Bannon has a message for whoever is doing this to them.

“Please don’t come back.  Please leave us alone,” O’Bannon said. “We’re just trying to work our jobs every day.  What’s the deal? Just come to us and talk about it.  Let’s get this out in the open because this is insane.”

Sweetie Pie’s will remain open.  O’Bannon says business never stops.

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