Fire erupts at popular South Beach restaurant Fogo de Chao
Patrons, employees forced out as firefighters battle flames
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Flames erupted on the rooftop of a Miami Beach restaurant Monday night.
Firefighters were called to Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse at 836 First Avenue in South Beach.
The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen area of the restaurant, which had to be evacuated.
Smoke and flames could be seen from miles away, shooting out of the roof of the building.
No injuries were reported.
A city fire inspector said the incident appears to have been a grease fire, although the official cause remains under investigation.
Fogo de Chao, which is known for fire-roasting various selections of meat, is closed until further notice.
“The safety of our guests and team members is our top priority," a Fogo de Chao spokesman said in a statement. "We are relieved that no one was injured in a fire that broke out at our Miami location and thank those who helped clear the restaurant of occupants. We appreciate the efforts and rapid intervention of the local authorities.”
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