Small Kitchen Fire at La Tasca Restaurant Causes Evacuation of Apartments Above on Davis St Near Vail Ave Arlington Heights

Small Kitchen Fire at La Tasca Restaurant on Davis Street near Vail Avenue in downtown Arlington Heights.

Firefighter/paramedics from Arlington Heights responded about 11:52 a.m. Friday, September 11, 2020 to a report of an activated fire alarm at the Vail-Davis building at 15 West Davis Street in Arlington Heights.

A couple of minutes later someone from an apartment unit in the building called 9-1-1 to report smoke in one of the floors above La Tasca. While firefighters were searching the apartment floors above the restaurant, someone from the restaurant called to report there was cooking smoke in the restaurant. Firefighters then confirmed the fire was at the La Tasca restaurant at 25 West Davis Street.

Residents in the apartments above the restaurant, and employees on the first floor of the Vail-Davis Building were evacuated during fire suppression, search for possible smoke victims and fire extension, and salvage and overhaul operations.

The fire was declared out by about 11:56 a.m.

Firefighters charged a hose line in the kitchen by 12:01 p.m. but the fire was already controlled by an automatic fire suppression sprinkler.

Firefighters began salvage work in the kitchen by about 12:03 p.m.

Firefighters also checked the second floor for vertical extension of fire from the restaurant. No extension of fire was found in the upper floors where apartments are located above the restaurant.

Firefighters worked to clean up water on the floor at the restaurant, and clean up some of the damage in the first floor of the building. Firefighters also worked to drain the sprinkler system, and prepare it for return to service.

The Arlington Heights Building Department and Health Department were dispatched to inspect the damage and conditions in the restaurant.

Tower 1 at LaTasca restaurant during a small fire on Friday, September 11, 2020
Tower 1 at LaTasca restaurant during a small fire on Friday, September 11, 2020.

The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

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