UPDATED with pictures: Hawthorne’s at 11th and Fitzwater seriously damaged in fire

A fire that appears to have begun in one of the apartments above Hawthorne’s cafe and beer takeout at 11th and Fitzwater severely damaged the building and sent water cascading into the restaurant.

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This image is from the Twitter account of Taking Our South Philadelphia Streets Back

The fire started about 7 a.m., and eight people have been displaced, according to the Red Cross. No one was injured.


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It’s too early to determine what caused the blaze, but Deputy Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer told CBS3 that Hawthorne’s incurred only water damage, meaning the fire started in an apartment above. The blaze spread through the roof and was not under control until about 9:15 a.m.

“It was a little bit challenging that they had multiple roofs from the property that they renovated, so it wasn’t just one roof that made it difficult to get to the fire in the roof initially,” Sawyer explained.

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5 thoughts on “UPDATED with pictures: Hawthorne’s at 11th and Fitzwater seriously damaged in fire

  • February 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm
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    So glad no one was hurt, so heartbroken about Hawthornes. That place is a real treasure, and I hope Chris and Heather are able to get the place back on its feet soon.

  • February 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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    I love the picture of all the hipsters huddled in the cold wondering where they are going to have brunch on Sunday.

    Seriously though, glad no one was injured and it seems like Hawthorne’s will be back.

    • February 22, 2014 at 8:37 am
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      Hipsters? Where? Seriously Ray, did you make yourself chuckle with that one?

  • February 22, 2014 at 9:11 am
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    Hipsters? All of the people in that people are Hawthornes team members. From the executive chef in the green and brown stripe shirt to the beer manger in a gray hoodie and black sweat pants.

  • February 25, 2014 at 10:43 am
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    Some knucklehead graffiti’ed the windows of Hawthorne’s. 🙁 Wonder how they are doing, and if the building is salvageable.

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