EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 28, 2013

Roof fire empties Tuscan Kitchen

By Jill Harmacinski

---- — SALEM, N.H. — Firefighters rolling through Salem Depot spotted black smoke coming from the Tuscan Kitchen restaurant last night.

Heat from a wood-fired grill into a hood system caused a fire in the ceiling and roof in the kitchen, said fire Capt. Tim Kenney.

The busy restaurant was evacuated at 6:15 p.m. and firefighters were on scene until approximately 8:30 p.m., Kenney said.

Firefighters were returning from McKinnon’s Market at 236 North Broadway, where there was a small fire in a coolant unit, when they spotted fire on the roof of Tuscan Kitchen at 67 Main St., he said.

Further investigation led crews to the area above the wood-fired grill, Kenney said.

Damage to the kitchen area was estimated at $25,000, he said.

No injuries were reported.

Salem firefighters were assisted by crews from Windham, Derry, Pelham and Methuen.

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