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Cause Of Fire At Temecula's Blackbird Tavern Remains Under Investigation

The loss was estimated at approximately $10,000 with an estimated save of $700,000.

Blackbird Tavern
Blackbird Tavern

A small fire that damaged Blackbird Tavern in Old Town Temecula is under investigation today, a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman is reporting.

The blaze was reported at 1:47 p.m. Friday on an unpermitted patio at the bar and eatery located at 41958 5th Street, according to Cal Fire’s Melody Hendrickson.

Initial evacuation of the establishment was ordered by the sheriff’s department and a total of six people  -- four of which were Blackbird employees -- were told to leave, Hendrickson reported.

“Half of the establishment will be able to remain open. The burned section will have to go through the city building department for permits prior to being re-opened,” Hendrickson continued. “The loss was estimated at approximately $10,000 with an estimated save of $700,000.”

There were no injuries reported.

“We thank you all for the out pouring of concern ... It means the world to us,” read a post on Blackbird’s Facebook page.

Hendrickson said the cause of the blaze is under investigation, but the Facebook post from Blackbird inferred smokers caused the fire.

“Apparently, people smoking on the outside of our restaurant had flicked cigarettes into a pile of empty cans of paint and stain.”

The post continued, “The restaurant itself was not damaged nor was anyone injured.”

Nettie Nettie Bobettie December 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Those empty cans of paint and stain should have been secured in the proper trash receptacle instead of being accessible to patrons. People misbehave and the establishment's owner/mgmt should plan for that always.
Patrick December 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Well written, Nettie. Wait... The usual reaction would be "ban cigarettes worldwide!"
Zachary Edmundson December 15, 2013 at 03:06 AM
You always know someone is going to be haughty when they use the word receptacle in a lecture... paint is the new pot...
Aaron Powers December 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM
This would have never happened in the first place if we just banned people.
JILL ROBERTS December 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Blackbird Tavern is a great addition to Old Town Temecula. So thankful no one was hurt and the local fire department arrived and extinguished the fire so quickly! Please go support this locally -owned establishment twice as much as you did before and if you've never visited, now's the time to go check out this cool place.
Michelle December 15, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Great place to eat and socialize! Support your local eatery
Jimmy Dean December 18, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Maybe a permitted patio would be better? Where the two patrons drunk yet and if so how did they get home?

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