Kitchen fire at Old Town Eureka restaurant reportedly closes 3 businesses

Three businesses in Old Town Eureka have been forced to close after a kitchen fire broke out at Restaurant Five Eleven on Second Street Friday morning. The restaurant will be closed for two to three weeks while the fire damage is repaired, according to a message on the restaurant's voicemail box.

Humboldt Bay Fire Battalion Chief Chris Emmons said it looked like a pile of wood was being dried for use in their wood-fire ovens, when the pile ignited. Emmons said the department was notified at 8 a.m. by an automatic fire alarm activation notification. No one was inside the restaurant when the fire broke out, and fortunately the fire suppression system in the building stopped the flames from getting worse.

Emmons said there was quite a bit of water and smoke throughout the restaurant due to the sprinklers turning on, but very minimal fire damage. He said the situation is more of a cleanup issue for the restaurant, in terms of getting the water out and restoring the suppression systems.

Two adjacent businesses, Pearl Lounge (a bar and restaurant) and Kokopilau Jewelers (a jewelry store) also closed on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 due to smoke damage from the fire. Pearl Lounge, which usually opens at 5 p.m., will open three hours later than usual "until further notice" according to a sign in the window.

A call to Restaurant Five Eleven is answered by the following message: "...Today is March 9, 2018. Unfortunately, due to fire damage, we will be closed for approximately the next two to three weeks. We will post on our social media page as well as in local papers when we will reopen."

It is still unclear when Kokopilau will reopen.

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