Noontime Fire at Popular Old Pasadena Restaurant Sends Diners Fleeing Thursday

Published : Friday, November 17, 2017 | 6:16 AM

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Photos courtesy Jorge Esteban and the Pasadena Fire Dept.

Diners at Wokano, a popular Old Pasadena restaurant located at 33 South Fair Oaks Avenue were sent scrambling to safety at the height of lunchtime on Thursday as fire erupted in restaurant’s kitchen.

According to the Pasadena Fire Department it just took responding firefighters just over 20 minutes to put the blaze out. One person sustained burn injuries, the fire department said.

The fire’s two-hour knock down and mop up caused quite a bit of inconvenience for motorists and pedestrians according to a witness.

Police shut down streets, an alley and nearby sidewalks, the fire department said, the witness said.

Responding emergency equipment blocked South Fair Oaks Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and Green Street when the fire erupted at about 12:16 p.m.

Police shut down streets, an alley and nearby sidewalks, the fire department said, the witness said.

The first Engine was at the scene within two minutes of the call in, the fire department said.

The firefighters saw smoke and fire coming from the roof of the single story restaurant and determined that it was the restaurant’s commercial cooking hood exhaust system that had caught fire. The fire managed to spread to the hood’s ceiling assembly.

Pasadena firefighters were assisted by firefighters from the San Marino Fire Department.

Knock down was reported at 12:38 p.m. Firefighters however continued their mopping up operations and stayed at the area until 3:15 p.m to make sure that flames had not spread inside the walls and ceilings of adjacent businesses.

Adjacent business re-opened shortly after the fire was out, the fire department said.

According to the Pasadena Fire Department, the restaurant sustained moderate smoke and water damage. Fire officials have yet release the dollar amount of the damages to the building or its contents.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined pending investigation, the fire department said in its report.

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