Fire investigators have determined the cause of a fire that damaged a restaurant in downtown Palo Alto over the weekend.

The blaze, which burned Saturday at the restaurant Zibibbo at 430 Kipling St. began as a cooking fire as kitchen staff prepared a dish, fire department spokeswoman Barbara Cimino said.

Flames spread into a nearby duct and melted wires that would have activated the restaurant’s fire extinguishing system, according to the fire department.

Employees attempted unsuccessfully to manually activate the fire suppression system, but the blaze continued to burn and eventually spread through the entire exhaust ducting system.

Fire officials plan to continue their investigation with an analysis of the engineering flaw that allowed the restaurant’s fire system to be compromised.

Maintenance records indicate the system was working properly and had been serviced recently, according to the fire department.

The fire department estimates it will take about a month before the restaurant becomes fully operational again.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for reading the Daily Journal.

Please purchase an Enhanced Subscription to continue reading.Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase an Enhanced Subscription to continue reading.