Original Joe's goes up in flames
One of San Francisco's oldest eateries, Original Joe's succombed
to a two-alarm fire Friday. The fire that began in the kitchen
area of the restaurant,
quickly spread to the upper floor and caused significant damage.
By Laura Dudnick
October 13, 2007
Customers enjoying lunch at Original Joe's in San Francisco
Friday were rushed from the restaurant mid-meal when a fire broke
out, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.
The Italian restaurant famous for its leather booths closed after
a fire in the building burned for more than an hour today and
caused significant damage, Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.
The flames were reported at 11:42 a.m. at Original Joe's, located
at 144 Taylor St., according to Talmadge.
The blaze appeared to have ignited in a flue at the restaurant
and forced firefighters to attack the structure, including the
hotel above, to access the burning areas, said Talmadge.
Approximately 100 firefighters battled the blaze. They tore open
the walls and roof to access the flames, according to Talmadge.
The fire was controlled by 12:50 p.m., Talmadge said. About 10
of the 30 units in the hotel above the restaurant are uninhabitable,
Talmadge said. "The building definitely needs to be repaired
and boarded up," she added.
Talmadge said the Red Cross is assisting with at least two residents
who were displaced.
No injuries were reported in the fire, Talmadge said.
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