Two Roseville restaurants caught fire overnight – one of them sustaining heavy damage when firefighters were forced to battle the blaze from outside the eatery.
The first blaze was reported about 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Red Robin restaurant on Galleria Boulevard. Fire crews helped evacuate patrons and fought the fire burning near the kitchen.
The fire was quickly extinguished and there was no significant damage to the building but it appeared that the restaurant would be closed for cleanup Thursday, said Roseville Fire Department spokesman Rob Baquera.
The second fire occurred about 1 a.m. Thursday at the Rubio’s restaurant on Douglas Boulevard. The blaze was quickly upgraded to a two-alarm fire.
First-arriving firefighters saw smoke coming from the top of the building. Crews initially tried to attack the fire by entering the restaurant but heavy smoke caused them to back out.
It was clear that the fire had entered the attic, Baquera said. The fire was fought from the outside using ladder trucks to pour water onto the building.
“We think that the fire grew in the attic and there was a metal roof on the building,” Baquera said. “The fire grew underneath that metal roof, providing an environment to expand and grow. It took quite a while to get the fire out. There is significant damage.”
Cause of both fires is under investigation.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.