Multi-alarm fire breaks out at Jay’s Seafood in Albemarle

The blaze was first reported shortly before 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning

(Photo courtesy of Mt. Pleasant Fire Department)

ALBEMARLE — Multiple emergency crews battled a large four-alarm fire at a popular Albemarle restaurant that resulted in significant damage on Wednesday morning.

Around 8:45 a.m., fire department units from Stanly, Cabarrus, Montgomery counties — as well as local units from the City of Albemarle — responded to calls of a blaze that was underway at Jay’s Seafood on Stony Gap Road.

Two hours after the fire was initially reported, Albemarle’s East Side Volunteer Fire Department announced an update of the ongoing situation on its social media page.

“Fire is under control. Jay’s Seafood will be closed indefinitely,” the fire department posted. “Please pray for the Stallings family and all the employees. This restaurant means so much to the community and is tough to see. This was an extremely difficult fire to access and extinguish, and it brought firefighters in from three counties.”

While the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, the restaurant was closed at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported, per local officials connected to the incident.

The family-owned-and-operated restaurant has been in business since 1967 as a Stanly County staple.