The fire at Wild Wing Cafe in downtown Greenville was reported at 9:23 a.m., according to the Greenville Fire Department.
Flames coming through rooftop vents were visible from offices across the street. The restaurant is in the same block as Barley’s Tap Room, Trappe Door and Luna Rosa.
Greenville Fire Battalion chief Richard Mullinax said the fire broke out in the kitchen in a ruptured gas line in the cooking area. He said firefighters had to delay briefly until the gas was cut off. He said once they were able to get inside to fight the fire, it was out within 8 to 10 minutes.
Mullinax said the common attics shared by businesses in the older downtown buildings pose a challenge for firefighters, but in this case, the fire was limited to Wild Wings. He said Barley’s and other businesses may have some odor of smoke, but should likely be able to operate normally once the fire fighting operation is completed.
Trappe Door and Barley’s will both be open as usual Wednesday by happy hour.
Mullinax said that Wild Wing will be closed for repairs because there is smoke and water damage because the sprinkler system went off and helped keep the fire contained.
West Washington Street was closed between South Main and Richardson streets.