Fire at Original Joe's caused $2 million in damage
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 an estimated $2 million
By Caitlin Cassady
October 16, 2007
A fire that ripped through San Francisco's Original Joe's restaurant
Friday caused around $2 million in damage and will keep the famous
restaurant closed for a few months, Lt. Mindy Talmadge said yesterday.
According to Talmadge, the blaze caused around $1.5 million in
structural damage and around $500,000 in damage to the restaurant's
Firefighters received reports of flames coming from 144 Taylor
St. in the city's Tenderloin around 11:42 a.m., Talmadge said.
Crews battled the fire for over an hour before it was controlled.
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 fought the fire, according to
Talmadge. They had to tear open the walls and roof to access the
The fire was controlled by 12:50 p.m. 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.
No injuries were reported in the fire.
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