Update: Moccia’s Hopes to Re-Open Quickly After Fire

LOWER FREDERICK PA – “Everyone got out safe,” the owners of Moccia’s Train Stop restaurant thankfully declared Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2022) on its Facebook page, following a roof-and-attic fire at its 1004 N. Gravel Pike location (at top). They also announced plans to potentially re-open for business by Wednesday (Sept. 28).

No one was reported injured in the blaze, to which six different fire companies and medical first responders were called out Monday (Sept. 26) at about 9:43 p.m. Moccia’s Facebook post Tuesday attributed the cause to a “small pizza oven fire.” It took volunteers about 90 minutes to extinguish and perform clean-up at the scene, according to first responders.

Assisting Lower Frederick Township firefighters there were volunteers of the Upper Salford Volunteer, Upper Frederick, Perkiomen Township, Harleysville Community, and Skippack fire companies, and a unit of the Plymouth Community Ambulance Association.

“A huge thank you to all of the first responders who came out to help us, we appreciate you all!,” Moccia’s wrote.

“Due to these circumstances,” its post reported, the restaurant would be “closed all day” Tuesday. But it also expressed hope to re-open for business Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Passers-by in the area reported seeing repair crews at work at the popular restaurant Tuesday afternoon.

Its ability to re-open may be determined in part on the approval of required inspections. As of Wednesday morning at 5 a.m., its Facebook page did not indicate a re-opening had occurred or when one was planned.

A large group of Moccia’s supporters noted they were willing to patiently await good news. The restaurant’s Facebook post by Wednesday had attracted more than 200 “likes” and dozens of overwhelmingly positive comments, and had been shared more than 130 times.

Photo by Ted Hodgins for the Perkiomen Township Fire Company, used with permission