Fire hits Pines restau­rant

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - OBITUARIES - By Linda Trischitta Staff writer

Fire dam­aged a Pem­broke Pines restau­rant Fri­day and sent heavy smoke into the an­i­mal hospi­tal next door.

No onewas at theA­maz­ing Thai and Ja­panese Restau­rant, at 18411 Pines Blvd. in the Chapel Trail Plaza, when the blaze be­gan. The in­te­rior was cov­ered in soot, but no em­ploy­ees were in­jured, said one of the own­ers, who de­clined to give her name.

At the Pines West An­i­mal Hospi­tal, about two dozen pa­tients and boarded dogs, cats and kit­tenswere taken out­side for fresh air. All of the an­i­mals sur­vived, staffers said.

At lunchtime, fans were hum­ming and doors were open to ven­ti­late the an­i­mal hospi­tal, where cus­tomer Jack­ieOl­mo­said she has been a client for nearly three decades.

She was drop­ping off Meat­ball, her whitepoo­dle, for board­ing and was not con­cerned that a slightly smoky smell lin­gered.

“I knowif they think the dog is not go­ing to be fine, they’ll call me,” Olmo said. “They’d even takeMeat­ball home for the night. They care about th­ese pets like they’re their own.”

The fire is thought to have started at the Amaz­ing Thai and Ja­panese restau­rant, though the coowner de­clined to talk fur­ther and a fire in­spec­tor with Pem­broke Pines Fire Res­cue would not com­ment about a pos­si­ble cause.

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