An Atlanta Krispy Kreme Location Owned By Shaq Was Damaged In A Fire This Week

A beloved Krispy Kreme location in Atlanta, owned by basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, was damaged in a late-night fire on Tuesday.
The beloved location on Ponce de Leon Avenue (which is not shown in the photo above) was “gutted,” by the “fast-moving fire” according to tweets by Atlanta Fire Rescue. Two employees were able to get out of the store and were not injured. The agency later posted photos showing the extent of the damage. Battalion Chief Douglas Hatcher told the Associated Press that the fire started in the back, but that firefighters were able to save much of the building. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
More pictures of the damage caused by the fast moving fire this morning at Krispy Kreme on Ponce de Leon Ave. pic.twitter.com/ggVapNZTK5
Shaq posted a video of the fire on Instagram on Wednesday saying “hope no one was injured. But we will be back stronger than ever.” Krispy Kreme issued a statement on Twitter about the shop, saying that it was thankful no one was injured and thanking first responders for all of their help. The company said it did not know yet exactly how long it would be closed, but confirmed that all employees at the location will receive full pay and will be offered roles in other nearby Krispy Kreme locations. They also echoed Shaq’s statement saying that “We will bounce back better than ever!”
The location opened in 1965 and Shaq bought it in 2016, according to the AP. The location is historic for many reasons, including the fact that it was one of the first shops to open outside of the company’s main bases of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Nashville. The location also sent 150 dozen donuts to Atlanta churches following Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in April 1968.
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