Fairhaven diner evacuated as fire breaks out during lunch rush

Fairhaven Jake's Diner fire

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fairhaven restaurant sustained an estimated $10,000 worth of damage after a fire broke out during Monday’s lunch rush, according to town fire officials.

The fire department said crews responded around 1 p.m. to a report of flames outside Jake’s Diner. Patrons and employees were evacuated as firefighters arrived to find heavy flames on the back stairs and loading deck.

“A big, big cloud of it came and as we went around back you could see the flames were shooting out of the restaurant. like five, six feet high,” Kevin Miller recalled.

Miller first spotted the smoke as he made his way down Alden Road and stopped to shoot video.

Crews were able to put out the fire in about 20 minutes, according to fire officials. No injuries were reported.

“The restaurant seemed to be quite filled, and there was no screaming and shouting,” Miller said. “Everything seemed to be under control. The police and the firemen seemed to do a really good job.”

Officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation but noted that discarded smoking materials could be the culprit.

The diner remained closed after the fire as the Board of Health inspected the damage. Eyewitness News reached out to the owners to see when it will reopen and are waiting to hear back.

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