Skip to comments.Flames Restaurant in San Jose Destroyed by 4-Alarm Fire
Posted on 01/18/2014 3:56:26 PM PST by nickcarraway
Firefighters have put out the 4-alarm fire that destroyed Flames Restaurant in San Jose.
Firefighters have extinguished a 4-alarm fire that destroyed a San Jose diner Saturday morning, a fire battalion chief said.
The blaze broke out in the kitchen area of Flames Coffee Shop at 1812 Hillsdale Ave. around 6:20 a.m.
A few workers were preparing to open the restaurant at 1812 Hillsdale Ave. around 6:20 a.m. when the fire broke out in the kitchen area, San Jose fire Capt. Barry Ehlers said.
Ehlers said two of the employees ran to a fire station located just around the corner and alerted firefighters to the blaze.
By the time crews arrived on the scene about a minute later, thick black smoke was billowing from all sides of the restaurant, the captain said.
Fueled by cooking oils, furniture and other materials, the blaze ripped through the building, causing multiple sections of the roof to collapse.
Firefighters battled the fire from the outside and were able to keep it from spreading to neighboring businesses. The fire was knocked down around 7:30 a.m., the fire captain said.
No injuries were reported.
Marin County Wildfire in Hills Above Fairfax 50 Percent Contained The building was completely gutted by the fire, which Ehlers estimated caused more than $1 million in damage.
Although the blaze apparently began in the kitchen, investigators have not yet determined the exact cause.
Ehlers said about 75 firefighters responded to the fire, many of whom remained on scene as of 9 a.m. to root out hotspots.
Traffic is being diverted around Hillsdale and Ross avenues and onto nearby Camden Avenue.
An important message for all conservatives is here somewhere, I guess?
Fire is bad. Except when it’s good.
That must have been some home!!
“Flames Coffee Shop”
~~~Ehlers said two of the employees ran to a fire station located just around the corner~~~
This was easier or faster than the phone call, I guess?
Kidding aside, Flames was a great greasy spoon. Across the street from the Winchester Mystery House.
Now that’s embarrassing. Where was the program director?
“Breaking News; FIRE DESTROYED BY HOME!” And it was such a nice little fire too.
This one was across from Target. I grew up around the corner from there & yes, it was a greasy spoon.
Were they cooking up some 3-alarm chili at the time?
You’re right, I forgot there are multiple Flames Restaurants.
Probably a central dispatch. By the time you explain..., easier to run around the corner.
I used to have dinner with my daughter after softball at this Flames. It had gone down hill over the last few years. Still a shame
The fire station is directly across the street...surprised they couldn’t see or smell it
Oh, I’m sure.
Not that one. Owned by one family three locations. This was the one in Cambrian Park
Well, I have a friend whose mother told her to put the numbers back on her house after she painted it, in case, you know, the fire department needed to put out a fire.
Like the leaping flames and billowing, black smoke might not be a huge clue.
Of course there are houses on either side with numbers.
(yeah, the fire could be small, inside)
Well, we had a good laugh, anyways.
I love that place.
Gotta give my friend a call and see how they are doing.
Unless it was a Jewish Fire ....
Local news story and the people who own the place and their employees are good people too.
Sadly, the employees are now unemployed.
I thought you mentioned you liked that place. I don’t think I had been at that one in years. I always used to wonder if it was related to Three Flames.
This is the one down on Hillsdale
Well, hoping they can get something going soon.
In the Obama economy, though, .....
Didn’t the breakfast place near Nob Hill used to be a Flames, several iterations ago?
bummer ate breakfast there nearly every sunday morning for 20yrs
Not so much for the giant billowing fire as it is for you having a heart attack at 0230. It is not easy looking for house numbers posted in all sorts of different locations (or missing) while trying to see over the flashing lights and avoid hotting the cars parked in the street.
Your memory is better than mine - its been the Uptown Los Gatos Diner for as long as I can recall.
LG Cafe, I should say.
oh noes ! that’s too bad.
I saw the remains this morning and will miss the place.
Which Snob Hill?
The one in LG?
THE Iron Skillet has been there forever.
I don’t think it was a 3 flames.
I could be wrong, but I think it was at one time. Didn’t it also used to be called something with, “skillet,” in the name?
It’s not called iron skillet now, is it?
The Iron Skillet?
and to lower the odds of a no knock SWAT raid on the wrong address. Posting names, photos, and a pro-police union sign might be a good idea too.
A National treasure.
Amazing what too much money, insanity, and liberal guilt can achieve.
On Santa Teresa Blvd. near Nob Hill Market? I think it was still a “Flames” when I was there about a year ago. It had gone way downhill. There used to be numerous mile-high cakes and pies in the display case. Now there were only a couple and they looked “old .” And...the place smelled like sewage. Too bad, I used to like them, as close to a real diner as you’d get in So. San Jose.
My sister lives only about four blocks from this restaurant.
And there was that big warehouse fire a week ago Thursday. I work a block away from that one.
There have been a LOT of fires in San Jose in the last week. At least the fire at the Flames doesn’t sound like arson (the one up the street from me last week was).
There are at least three of them besides the one on Hillsdale. There’s the one on Winchester you mentioned, another on Meridian, and a third on Santa Teresa.
And I agree. They are tough to beat if you’re in the mood for some basic diner fare.
I loved that place!! :(
Reminds me of the time (several decades ago) when I was aboard a ferry boat named “Fire Queen”, on the way to Fire Island, when the ferry caught on fire.
Not a big deal, one of the crew grabbed an extinguisher and put it out. But maybe that kind of thing happens when you tempt fate.
>Marin County Wildfire in Hills Above Fairfax 50 Percent Contained The building was completely gutted by the fire, which Ehlers estimated caused more than $1 million in damage
SJ is now in Marin Co?? Continental drift is worse than I thought.
I think the Flames restaurant chain split ownership some years ago.
But the one that used to be in Cupertino was excellent. Loved that place.
Drove by the other day and thought I saw something different but, I was in a hurry.
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