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Winston-Salem man charged with arson, accused of setting Clemmons pizza shop on fire

In a Facebook post, the pizza shop owners wrote that the fire that occurred after hours was a "shock" to management.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On Friday, investigators announced a Winston-Salem man was arrested and charged with arson -- accused of setting a Clemmons pizza shop on fire.

Pie Guys' Pizza & More first shared on Facebook it was closing due to a fire that caused "extensive smoke damage" on Wednesday, Feb. 24,  management said.

On Friday night, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office announced Burton Stanley Kopaskie III, 34, of Winston-Salem had been arrested and charged with targeting the business and setting the fire.

Kopaskie has been released from jail after receiving a a $500,000 unsecured bond, charged with felony Breaking & Entering; felony Malicious Use of Explosive or Incendiary Device; and felony Burning of Certain Buildings.

Credit: FCSO

In a Facebook post, Pie Guys' said a fire at the restaurant caused extensive smoke damage. The fire happened after the restaurant closed on Wednesday, Feb. 24. All employees were out of the building and no one was hurt, according to the post.

Management said Food Lion employees saw the fire and immediately called the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday.

"Naturally, Robert and the rest of the family are in shock. Our prayers go out to our employees who will be impacted by our indefinite closure, especially during a pandemic." the Facebook post said, "We will miss all of our friends who we see on a weekly basis."

Owners of the restaurant do plan to reopen the restaurant, but a timetable has not been set, according to the post.