restaurant fire

Santa Clara County firefighters begin their investigation into the cause of an early morning fire at Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos, Calif., Monday morning July 7, 2014. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

LOS GATOS — Manresa restaurant, which has received two Michelin stars for eight consecutive years, was damaged Monday morning by a two-alarm fire.

The blaze was brought under control quickly by Santa Clara County firefighters, according to battalion Chief Kendall Pearson, The restaurant, at 320 Village Lane, will need a new roof but did not experience much structural damage.

“It’s mostly intact,” Pearson said.

The entire restaurant was damaged by smoke, so items such as linens, napkins and carpeting will have to be replaced, Pearson said.

At 3:58 a.m., firefighters responded to reports of a fire at the restaurant. Fire crews noticed a gas meter on the outside was free flowing and involved in fire. Flames rose to the eaves and jumped into the attic, Pearson said.

At 6 a.m., fire crews had the blaze under control and were in overhaul phase.

“It’s arduous manual labor,” Pearson said. “We have to take the ceiling down, cut away the roof and make sure the all the fire is out.”

One firefighter was injured after tripping over debris but should be OK, Pearson said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The restaurant has been closed since July 3, Pearson said. Owner David Kinch is out of town but has been contacted by Los Gatos police. It was supposed to reopen Wednesday.

Keelin Szellecz Marcoux, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, would not comment about the fire, but said she would have information to give out later in the day.

Manresa and Kinch have received many accolades since the restaurant opened in 2002, including a two-star rating from the Michelin dining guide for eight consecutive years. In 2012, Kinch won the best chef in America award for the Pacific region from the James Beard Foundation.