"We got up to look; everyone got up to look (at the smoke) and then we saw the flames coming out the door," said Deputy Fire Chief Jack Brockett.
"This was a first for me, being at a picnic and looking across the street at a fire."
The firefighters didn't look for long, instead rushing into the firehouse to don gear and then rushing to the restaurant, complete with a fire engine, Brockett
"We all just went right across the street," he
There were about four people in the restaurant and five workers, who all left the building safely after the fire broke out just before 8 p.m., said Brockett
.It took about 22 firefighters only 20 minutes to douse the blaze, which left "considerable" smoke damage to the restaurant at 369 Washington Ave., Brockett
The restaurant opened within the past year at the site of the former Angelo's pizza restaurant.Brockett
believes a short in a surge protector used for a computer monitor caused the fire.The computer monitor was in a storage room that "was fully involved" in flames by the time crews got across the street, Brockett
The storage room also contained a desk and phone lines, Brockett
There was no answer at the restaurant late Thursday and Brockett
said it would be closed until the mess from the fire is cleaned up.He
said the Health Department was informed of the blaze.
At Zio Franco's, the menu boasts of chicken Florentine, fried calamari and other delectable dinners, its Web site says.
But back at the firehouse, those uneaten lobsters awaited firefighters who had put in a night's work.
"We were sitting down to lobsters," Brockett
lamented with a laugh, after the fire was out and the crustaceans had likely long been cold.