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.
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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.
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
Not that one. Owned by one family three locations. This was the one in Cambrian Park
I love that place.
Gotta give my friend a call and see how they are doing.
Unless it was a Jewish Fire ....