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Manresa Suffers "Heavy Damage" in Two-Alarm Fire

Photo: @mattbigler740/Twitter

Terrible news from Los Gatos this morning: Manresa, David Kinch's celebrated two-Michelin-star restaurant, has suffered a two-alarm fire, which the Chronicle reports has caused "heavy damage" to the space. The fire broke out around 4 am, and firefighters were able to contain it by 6 am; no one was in the building, and the restaurant was apparently closed up for a "deep clean." While no Manresa employees were harmed, a firefighter suffered a fall and had to be transported to the hospital for a minor chest injury, according to KCBS. All in all, it took 35 firefighters to tame the blaze, which ripped into the attic and interior; holes were apparently punched in the roof to tame it, and a KCBS reporter described it as doing "major damage to the kitchen and service area."

Much remains unknown about the fire, including its cause; Kinch, who was in New York at the time of the blaze, is currently flying cross-country to assess the damage and has yet to comment on its extent or when Manresa might reopen. A gas meter was apparently involved, and a PG&E and hazmat crew were brought in to shut it down. It's a tragic moment for the restaurant, which has been gaining steam of late thanks to a hit cookbook, revised menu format, and forthcoming documentary, not to mention a bakery expansion in the works.

We'll have further updates as the story develops; for now, here are some photos of the blaze from social media.

· Renowned Manresa restaurant burns in Los Gatos fire [Chron]
· 2-alarm fire rages through the kitchen of Manresa [KCBS]
· All Manresa coverage [~ ESF ~]


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