Portsmouth pizza place damaged in fire

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.

Jake DeCastro, Emma Chilabato, waitress Heather Nicholson and cook James Weaver (from left) look on as firefighters inspect the roof for damage. All were inside when the fire broke out.

Jake DeCastro, Emma Chilabato, waitress Heather Nicholson and cook James Weaver (from left) look on as firefighters inspect the roof for damage. All were inside when the fire broke out.

PORTSMOUTH — Firefighters are investigating what was most likely an electrical fire at West Main Pizza Sunday afternoon.

At 2:07 p.m. the Portsmouth Fire Department received a 911 call about a fire at the restaurant, located at 1620 West Main Road, according to Deputy Chief Michael P. O’Brien

Engine 1, Engine 3, and Ladder 1 responded to the scene and arrived to find a structure fire in the walls and ceilings of the bathroom area of the restaurant.

“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.

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.

Early estimates of the cost of damages are at $20,000, according to Deputy Chief O’Brien

The business was closed for the remainder of the day and there’s no word yet on when it will re-open. A sign out front Monday said the business will be closed until further notice.

The fire took place at an inopportune time, as many firefighters were deployed at the “Beast of the East” rugby tournament at Glen Farm and a Portsmouth 375th celebration event at Glen Park. Firefighters from Tiverton covered the Portsmouth fire station during the blaze.

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