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Early morning fire heavily damages Chico restaurant

An early morning fire damaged a Japanese restaurant in Chico, forcing them to close until further notice.

Posted: May 7, 2021 12:05 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Fire Department responded to an early morning structure fire at Izakaya Ichiban on the 2000 block of Notre Dame Boulevard at around midnight that heavily damaged the business. 

Fire crews noticed heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof of the small strip mall building. Upon entering the business, firefighters noticed fire coming from the kitchen area, according to Chico Fire Battalion Chief Jim Lucanic.

Crews were quickly able to get hoses into the structure. They contained the fire to just Izakaya Ichiban within 12 minutes of the arrival of the first units. 

No injuries were reported but the damages to Izakaya Ichiban were severe enough for the restaurant to announce a temporary closure until further notice. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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