An Italian restaurant and mortgage office in Colleyville burned down during a fire Thursday afternoon.
Fairway Independent Mortgage, which is above Ruggeri’s Italian Restaurant, caught fire at 12:35 p.m. The entire building caught fire and appeared to be a total loss by 1 p.m., city manager assistant Christine Johnson said.
Everyone got out of the building safely, and firefighters were working on putting out the fire at 35 Village Lane, Johnson said.
Keller, Hurst, Grapevine, Southlake, Bedford and North Richland Hills fire departments were also on scene.
Cory Ramsey said that he, his brother and dad were in their office, which is above Ruggeri’s, just before the fire started. Construction workers were putting a new roof on the building and were torching the tile. When the crew left for lunch, Ramsey and others in the office started to smell smoke, he said.
Ramsey climbed up a ladder onto the roof and saw it was engulfed in flames.
“It was crazy how fast it spread,” he said. “We got out the front and the roof collapsed in Ruggeri’s. We got out three or four minutes before it went down, which is kind of freaky.”
Ramsey’s dad opened the office, which is a branch of Fairway Independent Mortgage, 18 years ago.
“We had furniture in there, like an antique piano that my parents had for 40 years,” he said. “It’s pretty emotional. My dad has been there almost since he moved to Texas.”
The restaurant opened in July 2003.