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Belly Buster owner says fire damage will take at least two months to repair

Updated 09.16.13 at 10:10 a.m.:

Belly Buster Sandwich Shoppe will be temporarily out of business while owner Ben Zhou repairs the damage from last Thursday's fire, Pasadena Star-News reports.

“I showed up to work around 9 a.m. and saw firetrucks; I didn’t know what was going on,” Zhou told the Star-News. “It will take me at least two months to repair (the damage). Hopefully it can be done by Thanksgiving.”

Updated 09.12.13 at 4:04 p.m.:

Faulty electrical wiring in a bathroom fan caused Thursday morning's fire at Belly Buster Sandwich Shoppe, according to Alhambra Fire Department Battalion Chief Raymond Mosack. Firefighters received a report that the sandwich stand was on fire at 8:17 a.m. and arrived at the scene minutes later. The fire was extinguished at 8:31 a.m. by 19 responders.

Mosack estimated the cost of damage to the building at $60,000.

Updated 09.12.13 at12:16 p.m.:

Thursday morning's fire at Belly Buster started inside the sandwich stand, according to owner Ben Zhou. Alhambra Fire Department officials told Zhou when he arrived at Belly Buster around 9 a.m. that they did not suspect someone started the fire. The cause and extent of damage are still under investigation.

The restaurant was closed when the fire started and no one was inside. 

Updated 09.12.13 at 11:34 a.m.:

Traffic on Valley Boulevard opened around 11:15 a.m., according to the Alhambra Police Department. Eastbound traffic was closed as firefighters responded to the structure fire on Valley and Atlantic Boulevard Thursday morning. 

Published 09.12.13 at 10:45 a.m.:

The Belly Buster Sandwich Shoppe at Valley and Atlantic boulevards caught on fire Thursday morning, according to the Alhambra Police Department. Police have closed off eastbound traffic on Valley between Atlantic and Edith Avenue as they respond to the structure fire.

This story will be updated with more information as we receive it.

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5 thoughts on “Belly Buster owner says fire damage will take at least two months to repair”

  1. It’s been more than three months now, and when I last drove by Belly Buster, it didn’t seem to have reopened. I wonder what’s causing the delay.

  2. Wow!!!! I just scrolled over your past articles… You did away with more fluff and more dramatic stories… I like it!!!

  3. In an unrelated story, State Farm Insurance has already prepared a settlement, permits have been issued, and the new Belly Buster Dumpling and Noodle Restaurant will open in 10 days.

  4. ^^^ bwahahahaha. OK, I laughed. I shouldn’t, but I did.

  5. According to a anonymous source, the building could be saved but $24000 worth of pastrami was missing from the walk-in freezer. Blurry video footage shows someone wearing a T-shirt from the Hat fleeing the scene. : )