ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – (UPDATED 11:08 a.m.) Officials are investigating the cause of a fire above Giovanni’s restaurant on the Hill late Wednesday afternoon.
Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says when they arrived on the scene, fire was shooting out of the roof of the second floor, above Giovanni’s.
They were able to contain the fire and nobody was injured.
“There’s several things we have to look at in this building because it is a restaurant,” he says. “The kitchen, some of the vent work, the exhaust systems; we’re looking at it all to get a good determination on it.”
Jenkerson says there were two electricians working in the building when it happened.
It’s still unclear how the fire started, but the building sustained heavy damage on the second floor, and water damage on the first floor.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
Windows shattered, burn marks and smoke damage along the roofline — Giovanni’s on the Hill catches fire.
St. Louis Fire Capt. Garon Mosby says crews were first called around 4 this afternoon.
“It is my understanding that the building was potentially evacuated, so it may have been open in some capacity prior,” Mosby says.
The second floor of the building is visibly damaged, but the extent of the damage at the popular restaurant at Shaw and Marconi is unknown.
There were no injuries.
There is no word on the cause, but the fire department says electricians were working in the building.
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