Another structure fire struck a local restaurant yesterday, this time in Santa Monica. Fork in the Road, a casual new American spot on Main Street, was the unfortunate recipient of a knockdown effort by the Santa Monica Fire Department, but not before smoke and flames could be seen jumping through the roof.
According to the SMFD, the afternoon blaze began in the walls behind the stove and quickly jumped into the ceiling, prompting a quick evacuation and a call for help. Firefighters responded en masse, shutting down Main Street and pulling apart the walls and roof until the blaze was beaten down and ultimately contained.
The timeline for Fork in the Road’s return is unknown at the moment, as there’s still a lot of damage to assess. But it’s a startling reminder, yet again, of how quickly things can turn south. Add in the overnight fire at Jon & Vinny’s, plus recent blazes at Tar & Roses, and Rocio’s Mole (the latter is attributed to arson), and it seems as though restaurant fires may be on the rise right now.