South S.F. Chevys open after two-alarm blaze

A two-alarm fire at a Chevys Inc. restaurant in South San Francisco on Tuesday night may have ignited accidentally, although the official cause is still under investigation, a fire chief said today.

The flames were reported just before 6:30 p.m. at the Chevys at 141 Hickey Blvd., South San Francisco fire Battalion Chief Jim Selvitella said Tuesday.

Firefighters doused the flames within 20 minutes of arriving and managed to keep the interior of the restaurant from burning, according to Selvitella.

A trash container behind the restaurant is believed to be the source of the fire, officials said. The Dumpster was spewing flames when firefighters arrived and spread to the back of the restaurant and the roof's trimming, Selvitella said.

No injuries were reported, although the restaurant closed for the night, according to Selvitella.

The restaurant reopened today, fire Chief Philip White said.

The cost to the exterior damage is estimated to be $10,000, and the damaged equipment around the Dumpster is costing approximately $2,500, White said.

The cause remains under investigation, although arson units aren't investigating, according to White.

— Bay City News

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