60 people evacuated over Tempe restaurant fire

About 60 people were evacuated from a residential building after a fire broke out at a restaurant early Thursday morning in Tempe, according to officials.

The fire occurred at about 1:30 a.m. when a security guard heard a fire alarm sounding from a closed restaurant and discovered smoke inside the building near Seventh Street and Myrtle Avenue, according to Kevin Bailey, a Tempe Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the small fire in the restaurant, and nearly 40 firefighters responded from Tempe, Scottsdale and Mesa as a precaution, Bailey said.

Crews also worked to fan out the smoke that had spread from the first floor restaurant to business suites in the second and third floors.

An adjoining residential building was evacuated for 45 minutes and affected 60 people, who were allowed to return home after firefighters determined their building was safe, Bailey said.

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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