Harborplace restaurant fire is put out quickly Diners at Paolo's aren't inconvenienced

March 12, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in the insulation of a Harborplace restaurant last night without disrupting diners.

Tony Boyers, general manager of Paolo's restaurant in the Light Street pavilion, said insulation in a heat exhaust duct between the roof and sub-roof overheated, sending flames and smoke into the sky but not into the restaurant.

Boyers said about a dozen diners were in the restaurant when the fire started at 9 p.m.

More than an hour later, a trace of smoke lingered in the restaurant, which remained open until its regular midnight closing time.

A Fire Department official said sections of ductwork were dismantled by firefighters to make sure that the fire had not spread.

Seven pieces of fire equipment responded to the single alarm.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

Pub Date: 3/12/97

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