Hamilton

Fire at August 8 restaurant causes more than $1M in damage

An early-morning fire at August 8 sushi restaurant on Upper James on Friday has left damage totalling more than $1 million, according to Hamilton Fire Department.

No injuries were reported, according to Hamilton Fire Department

A fire broke out at one of the branches of the sushi restaurant August 8 just after midnight on Friday. (Aura Carreño Rosas/CBC)

An early-morning fire at the sushi restaurant August 8 on Upper James on Friday has left damage totalling more than $1 million, according to Hamilton Fire Department.

Just after midnight, the fire department responded to a call about a fire at the restaurant.

Fire Chief David Cunliffe provided details about the fire and an estimate of the damage in a news release later on Friday. There were no reported injuries.

The restaurant on Upper James Street is one of three locations in Hamilton, with one on Wilson Street downtown and another on Paramount Drive in Stoney Creek. Its first location opened in downtown Hamilton in 2008, according to its website.

There were no injuries during the fire. Two staff members were inside the building when the fire started, but were able to get out before fire crews arrived. (Aura Carreño Rosas/CBC)

In the release, Cunliffe said the front third of the restaurant's roof collapsed during the fire.

"This was a well-involved fire that was advancing through the attic and roof area of the building."

He added the building sustained "significant damage."

Fire Chief David Cunliffe says the damage to the building was significant, and early estimates put the cost at least at over $1 million. (Aura Carreño Rosas/CBC)

According to Cunliffe, first arriving crews reported heavy smoke and flames visible from the roof area.

He said the fire was immediately upgraded to a two-alarm, bringing additional resources to the scene from across the city. "Two aerial devices were utilized, providing large volume water streams on the fire," Cunliffe said.

"Additional staffed hose lines were deployed at ground level to augment the suppression operations."

Fire crews were able to put out the fire in 45 minutes.

Lots of ash and trash surrounded the restaurant on Friday morning. (Aura Carreño Rosas/CBC)

Cunliffe said two August 8 staff members were in the building when the fire started, but were able to get out before fire crews arrived.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aura Carreño Rosas

Freelance reporter, CBC Hamilton

Aura Carreño Rosas is a Hamilton-based freelance journalist from Venezuela, with a passion for pop culture and unique people with diverse journeys.

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