A downtown Arlington Hts. restaurant was likely saved when a nearby resident saw smoke coming from the roof and called 911.
The resident had returned home around 12:40 a.m. and heard an alarm, according to an Arlington Hts. Police Dept. press release. They then saw smoke omitting from the one-story restaurant located at 17 W. Campbell St. Fire and police responded to the scene at 12:45 a.m. Monday. Ten fire companies responded, including engines from the Prospect Hts. Fire Protection Dist. and Rolling Meadow Fire Dept.
Firefighters entered the building and immediately encountered heavy smoke, but no flames, according to the press release. Firefighters used a ladder truck to reach the roof and discovered flames in an exhaust vent. The firefighters vented the roof to attack the fire and suppressed another blaze in the kitchen next to a cook-top hood. It took about 45 minutes to extinguish the fire.
The fire and police department are investigating the cause, though it is believed to be accidental. Evidence shows the source may have been near a kitchen stove and its ventilation system. Fire Chief Ken Koeppen said yesterday (Tuesday) the exact source is still being determined. Insurance company representatives joined fire investigators at the scene Tuesday.
The restaurant is closed for now. However, the damage was limited to the roof and kitchen and was not extensive. Koeppen expects Salsa 17 could reopen within a week, though the restaurant’s owners will first need approval from the village’s building and health departments.