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2:42 pm on August 12, 2014 | Permalink
Dallas firefighters spent some of Tuesday afternoon dealing with a three-alarm fire at the Dallas Chop House at the foot of the Comerica Bank Tower in downtown Dallas. (Andy Jacobsohn/Staff photographer)
[Editor’s note: This item is being updated regularly.]
Update at 9:56 p.m. by Julie Fancher: The cause of the three-alarm fire at Dallas Chop House has not yet been determined, Jason Evans, a spokesman for Dallas-Fire Rescue, said.
Evans said when crews arrived at the restaurant around 2:30 p.m, on the first floor of the Comerica Bank building, they found a fire in the kitchen area that had made it’s way into the over-head ventilation system.
Evans said that crews evacuated at least the first three floors, but that no injuries had been reported.
Evans said the damage was isolated mostly to the kitchen area, but that it took a “significant amount of time” to clear smoke from the building.
Original post: Dallas firefighters spent some of their Tuesday afternoon battling a three-alarm fire in downtown, at the Dallas Chop House in the Comerica Bank Tower on Main Street. But according to Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans, by 3:20 p.m. firefighters had contained the blaze and are now working to ventilate the eatery and determine what sparked the fire.
The fire was initially reported at 2:25, and the call came from the restaurant, says Evans. Initial units on the scene reported seeing white smoke coming from the front of the building.
According to Chop House workers, the fire started in the kitchen. Evans confirms.
Fourteen engines and six ambulances were on the scene at one point, though there have been no reports of any injuries.
The ground floor to the 20th floor of the Comerica Bank Tower was initially evacuated, but by 3:14 p.m. people were being allowed back in. Earlier, a woman in the property management office on the 33rd floor says they have been told Dallas Fire-Rescue “has everything under control, and we have not made an announcement to evacuate the building.”
Workers say the bank tower had a fire drill just today. It’s also worth noting: All high-rise fires immediately begin as two-alarms.
All streets around Comerica Bank Tower were reopened just before 5 p.m.
Staff writer Stephanie Embree contributed to this report.