Fire breaks out at Pasadena restaurant

PASADENA — Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that broke out today at a newly opened Pasadena restaurant, Plate 38.

The restaurant, which opened just last week at the northwest corner of Colorado and Sierra Madre boulevards, was fully engulfed in flames when Pasadena fire personnel arrived shortly after 11 a.m., said department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.

Customers and staff made it outside safely, she said. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital with heat related illness, while a second firefighter was treated on scene for a minor injury, Derderian said.

The blaze is estimated to have cost about $350,000 in structural damage and around $100,000 in damages to the location's contents.

Fire crews from South Pasadena, Arcadia and Glendale helped their Pasadena counterparts battle the two-alarm blaze, Derderian said.

Heavy smoke and flames were still shooting from the roof 45 minutes after the fire broke out, she said.

Officials closed the intersection while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, Derderian said.

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