Fund set up to help Yummy Pig employees after Leesburg fire

The blaze caused an estimated $1.2 million in damage.

The folks at Yummy Pig BBQ and Wild Geese Pub are beginning the process of recovering from last Saturday’s devastating kitchen fire that heavily damaged the downtown Leesburg building that houses the two sister restaurants. Yummy Pig is on the ground floor of 2 West Market Street and Wild Geese is upstairs. No one was injured in the incident.

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The Burn reached out to the owners of the establishments. They tell us that they are just getting their insurance company involved and haven’t been given any estimates on damage. The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s office pegged it at around $1.2 million and blamed the fire on food being left unattended while cooking. There is heavy fire damage to some parts of the building, while the smoke damage and water damage from fighting the fire is more widespread. The roof will also have to be repaired as firefighters cut an opening there to battle the blaze. There’s no official timeline for reopening, although Yummy Pig’s owner told The Burn it could be up to six months.

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Meanwhile, members of the Northern Virginia Foodies Facebook page have set up a GoFundMe account to help support staff members who are out of work because of the fire — click here to donate. The fundraiser has the blessing of the Yummy Pig management team. “We continue to be so grateful for the outpouring of support and interest to help our team and Yummy Pig,” they said in a statement to The Burn. “It is truly humbling. We thank you so much.”