More than sushi singed in pair of Courtenay fires

Firefighters extinguish kitchen fires in residence, Sushi Jo Restaurant

Courtenay Fire Department staff were kept busy Sunday night with a pair of kitchen fires – one in a residence, and one in a downtown restaurant.

At 8:30 a call came in for a kitchen fire at a residence on Fitzgerald Avenue.

“When we got there the fire had been pretty much put out by the resident, but [there was] very heavy smoke within the structure so we had to use our fans to clear the area,” said deputy fire chief, Kurt MacDonald.

The fire was contained to the stove top.

BC Ambulance checked both residents for possible smoke inhalation but no one was transported to the hospital.

Just before midnight, another call came in, for a fire at Sushi Jo Restaurant on Cliffe Avenue and Sixth Street.

“Crews forced the front door, as the building was unoccupied and locked… located the fire in the front corner of the restaurant, kitchen area,” said MacDonald. “There is smoke and heat damage throughout the main part of the restaurant and fire damage to the kitchen.”

MacDonald said the damage was contained to the restaurant.

“It did not extend to any of the neighbouring businesses – those up above it or the stores next to it.”

There were no injuries. A total of 22 firefighters attended the scene.

Cause of that fire is still under investigation.

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