At 3:00 am, early on Sunday morning, Boston Fire responded to 24 Fleet St. for a building fire at Prezza Restaurant. A fire broke out in the kitchen ducts of the 3 story building with 6 apartments.
Flames were seen from Clark Street, as shown in these photos sent in by Michael Roitman.
Boston Fire reports that the fire traveled to the 2nd floor ceiling with heavy smoke throughout. Four firefighters went to the hospital with minor injuries (back, wrist, leg, arm), but no civilian injuries were reported. Seven residents were displaced in the 1 alarm fire that caused an estimated $350,000 in damages. The scene was cleared by 7:15 am. (Ed: While covering the San Rocco procession later on Sunday afternoon, it still smelled like smoke on Fleet Street.)
The 11-year old, high-end Italian restaurant is owned by chef Anthony Caturano and will be closed for a “little while”, according to their Facebook page where friends are leaving well wishes.
Update: On Monday, July 16, 2012, the following statement was released by chef/owner Anthony Caturano:
“During the early morning hours on Sunday, we very unfortunately suffered a kitchen fire that caused substantial damage to our building. On behalf of the Prezza team, I want to sincerely thank the Boston Fire Department alongside the City of Boston for their unparalleled dedication and valiant efforts in ensuring the safety of our neighbors and minimizing any potential further damages to our restaurant. We are forever grateful for the services they provide. We hope to reopen our doors by Labor Day and also want to thank our family, friends and neighbors for their overwhelming support.” –Anthony Caturano, Chef/Owner – Prezza (24 Fleet Street, Boston)