No word yet on when Portsmouth pizza place will re-open

Firefighters look for hot spots beneath the roof with a thermal heat sensor. This is the part of the building where the fire started. Firefighters look for hot spots beneath the roof with a thermal heat sensor. This is the part of the building where the fire started.

Firefighters look for hot spots beneath the roof with a thermal heat sensor. This is the part of the building where the fire started.

Firefighters look for hot spots beneath the roof with a thermal heat sensor. This is the part of the building where the fire started.

PORTSMOUTH — The owners of West Main Pizza hope to re-open soon after a fire caused serious damage to their business Sunday, but at this point they don’t know when.

“I really don’t know when we’ll be open. There was a lot of damage,” said Emily Rahilly, who co-owns the business along with her husband, Gary. “There were charred beams and being a restaurant, we have to clean and re-sanitize. There was a lot of water damage.”

She couldn’t give a cost estimate on the damage, but an insurance adjuster was supposed to have visited the business Tuesday, she said.

Firefighters are investigating what was most likely an electrical fire at the pizza place. At 2:07 p.m. the Fire Department received a 911 call and responded to the restaurant located at 1620 West Main Road.

Firefighters on Engine 1, Engine 3, and Ladder 1 arrived to find a structure fire in the walls and ceilings of the bathroom area of the restaurant, according to Deputy Chief Michael P. O’Brien.

“Crews stretched an attack line into the building and had the fire knocked down in less than 10 minutes,” Deputy Chief O’Brien said, adding that firefighters were on the scene investigating until 4 p.m.

Crews commanded by Capt. Darryl Sieben opened walls and pulled ceilings to extinguish the fire and prevent further damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but all indications point to an electrical fire, he said. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

The fire took place at an inopportune time, as many firefighters were deployed at the “Beast of the East” rugby tournament at Glen Farm — Ms. Rahilly was there rooting on her son — and a Portsmouth 375th celebration event at Glen Park.

Firefighters from Tiverton covered the Portsmouth fire station during the blaze.

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