Iconic Atlanta Krispy Kreme catches fire for the second time in less than six months

ATLANTA — An Atlanta landmark that was the target of arson just a few months ago has caught fire again.

Firefighters were called to the Krispy Kreme along Ponce de Leon Avenue in midtown Atlanta Wednesday afternoon.

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Fire crews say they could see fire coming through the building’s roof when they arrived on the scene, but were able to put it out.

No one was injured, but investigators are still working to learn how the fire started.

Eastbound lanes of Ponce de Leon Avenue are currently shut down at Penn Avenue.

In February, the store was intentionally set on fire along the exterior of the building but quickly spread inside, according to fire investigators. Everything but a handful of doughnuts was burned. Two employees working at the time escaped safely.

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The store has been at the site for more than 60 years. After Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in April 1968, the Krispy Kreme fed mourners by donating 150 dozen donuts to Atlanta churches.

The building is owned by Shaquille O’Neal, who promised to rebuild and reopen the doughnut shop after the February fire. It has not yet reopened.