Food cooking on stove causes overnight fire at popular Italian restaurant

Sprinklers kept fire from spreading

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter, Ben Spicer - Web Producer, Tim Stewart - Photojournalist

SAN ANTONIO - Food left cooking on a stove all night long is believed to be the cause of a fire at Scuzzi’s Italian restaurant overnight.

Firefighters say they found a small fire inside the restauarant, located near Loop 1604  and NW Military, when they arrived shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday.

They had to break open the front door of the business, then quickly knocked down the fire.

Firefighters said it appears someone left the stove on all night with food cooking on it, and that is what caused the fire.

The sprinkler system activated and kept the fire from spreading, firefighters said.

A food inspector from San Antonio Metropolitan Health District was called in to have a look around after the fire.

The outcome of that investigation will determine what repairs need to be done before the restaurant can reopen.

From outside, the damage appeared to be minimal, although the fire did leave an odor of smoke throughout the building. 

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