Savannah restaurant fire: US’ Savannah restaurant catches fire, severely damaged overnight

Pearl’s Saltwater Grille, a longtime Savannah restaurant, caught fire during the early hours of Thursday. According to media reports, the restaurant has suffered 50% damage due to the fire that allegedly started in the kitchen area. Multiple fire and rescue teams could be seen at the site, although the fire could not be controlled before it caused severe damage to the restaurant.

Shortly after midnight, emergency services units were alerted at 7000 La Roche Avenue. However, media reports said the fire had been going on for at least half an hour before the first responders arrived at the restaurant. It took more than three hours for the firefighters to get control of the fire, with at least one firefighter reported to be hospitalized due to an injury. According to media reports, roads around the 7000 block of La Roche Avenue were closed during the operation.

Videos emerging in the media show violent flames fuming from the restaurant and firefighters working hard to contain the fire. While the fire was contained until around 4:00 am, the emergency services crew remained at the spot to neutralize hotspots in the structure. No civilian casualties have been reported as of yet. The cause of the fire also remains unknown at the moment.

Pearl’s Saltwater Grille is one of the most beloved restaurants in Savannah. The restaurant is known for its cozy and chic ambiance, serving delicious seafood and other cuisines. Overlooking a water reservoir bordered with lush greenery, the restaurant has been a go-to hangout place for the residents and visitors of Savannah. Fire safety officials have said that the structure of the restaurant, built on a water body, made it difficult and dangerous for the crew to access the dock.

A major catastrophe would have occurred had the fire kicked in a few hours earlier. At least 50% of the restaurant’s equipment was damaged, and it is likely to take some time to resume hosting guests again.

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