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Downtown restaurant blaze shuts streets

Three Seasons restaurant fire went up to the roof

A restaurant fire in Palo Alto led to street closures in downtown Monday afternoon.

Crews responded to multiple reports from passersby of a structure fire at Three Seasons restaurant at 518 Bryant St. shortly before 2:30 p.m., when smoke and flames were visible from the two-story building, according to emergency-radio dispatches. When firefighters arrived, a restaurant manager told them the restaurant was empty and they made their way inside, according to dispatch radio.

Plumes of smoke were coming from the roof. Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Bobby Davis said the fire started in the kitchen and spread over the stove and other equipment. Flames in the kitchen went up the flue to the roof. Two of three vents burned up, he said.

The blaze was extinguished about 20 minutes later. No one was injured and no other buildings were damaged. There was some smoke and water damage where the sprinkler system turned on, Davis said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately apparent, and fire officials are still doing a formal investigation, he said.

Police had blocked off University and Hamilton avenues between Bryant and Ramona streets until about 4 p.m., the agency said on Twitter.


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3 people like this
Posted by Karen Kotoske
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Good luck to Three Seasons in getting everything repaired. We're sorry for the fire. You are one of my favorite
restaurants in Palo Alto, you always provide delicious food and a beautiful atmosphere. We will miss you while you are closed.

8 people like this
Posted by Long Time Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 16, 2018 at 7:02 pm

This is one reason why "mixed-use" buildings like housing over restaurants & grocery stores is a bit scary. The other reason are rodents and roaches like residents living in condos on CA Ave have experienced.

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Posted by zap
a resident of another community
on Jan 16, 2018 at 10:22 pm

Karma. 3 Seasons owner is the one always calling noise complaints on the restaurants nearby. Source: the officers who had to keep going out on these nonsense calls.

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Posted by Dave Hoffman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 17, 2018 at 12:25 pm

I think your understanding of karma differs from mine, 'Zap'.

I find it hard to believe your accusation knowing the chef/owner of Three Seasons as I do. Besides, what nearby restaurants might be making too much noise? The few seats in back of the Old Pro? Please.

Instead of taking pleasure in this incident, perhaps we all could simply be grateful that nobody was hurt in the blaze?

I wish the Three Seasons team luck with repairing their kitchen and reopening soon--I can't wait to visit them again, to support a long-standing local business, and to enjoy John Le's wonderful take on Vietnamese food!

4 people like this
Posted by Sea Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 17, 2018 at 2:32 pm

I was going leftt on Hamilton ave and Bryant
Fire departmentc was in action.
They did a superb job.
It was surreal.. Like watching on TV.
I thank them for what they do.


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Posted by Sophie
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2018 at 3:47 pm

Best luck to Three Season restaurant. I enjoyed their food as well as the ambience, and hope their amazing interior remain intacted.

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