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Friday the 13th bad luck hit Temecula area eatery, Blackbird Tavern, hard with a small fire that broke out on a non-permitted patio cover. The restaurant itself is undamaged, there were no injuries, and remains open for business, according to a report from Cal Fire and Black Bird Tavern’s reports.
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters responded to Black Bird Restaurant at 1:47 p.m. Friday, December 13, 2013. The fire was contained within ten minutes. Information officer Melody Hendrickson reported, “Riverside Sheriff Officers initiated evacuations of the building prior to firefighter arrival. A total of six were evacuated, four of which were restaurant employees.”
As per clean up, Hendrickson stated, ” Half of the establishment will be able to remain open. The burned section will have to go through the City building department for permits prior to being re-opened. The loss was estimated at approximately $10,000, with an estimated save of $700,000.”
The popular Old Town eatery was inundated with concern through their Facebook fan page and responded: “Apparently, people smoking on the outside of our restaurant had flicked cigarettes into a pile of empty cans of paint and stain. The restaurant itself was not damaged nor was anyone injured. All has quieted down and we will be open this evening. Things could have been MUCH worse, so we are grateful we are all okay.”
Fans replied with comments of concern, to cautionary words to smokers. “Thank you for your concern,” Blackbird responded, reminding all that the restaurant remains open, much to the delight of all.
The restaurant was able to be open for the popular dueling pianos at the 9 p.m. show Friday night.
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