RiNo seafood restaurant Fish N Beer closed Friday after a fire that started in the roof spread through the duct system down into the kitchen. No one was hurt, but nine fire trucks responded to the flames and smoke at 3510 Larimer Street around 4 p.m.
The firefighters told owner Kevin Morrison to expect about a week closed from the damage.
“Yeah, we’re on fire,” Morrison heard over the phone from his manager late Friday afternoon, before the business had opened. He said a couple members of his crew had climbed to the roof at first, with extinguishers, attempting to put out the flames at their origin. But nine trucks responded to the subsequent 911 call.
“They were amazing,” Morrison said of his crew and the firefighters, who left minimal damage at the restaurant, including a hole by the range hood. A general manager’s Broncos t-shirt was also left with a small hole in it.
“Luckily, all my crew’s fine,” Morrison added. “We loaded all the perishables.” Big seafood deliveries come in Friday before the weekend, so Morrison and the team quickly transferred oysters and shrimp onto a truck to take to his other restaurants, Tacos Tequila Whiskey. He said they had just cleaned the ducts over the summer, so he’s not sure how the fire started.