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