UPDATED: Dec. 1, 2019 at 3:33 p.m.
A fireplace broke out Sunday afternoon within the shared Border Cafe and Harvard International Well being Institute constructing at 32 Church St. minutes after 1 p.m., based on a tweet by the Cambridge Fireplace Division.
The Cambridge Police Division diverted visitors within the close by blocks of the encompassing space. CPD warned in a tweet at roughly 2:07 p.m. that residents ought to count on visitors impacts in Harvard Sq. throughout the response to the fireplace.
At the very least 40 firefighters had been deployed and handled the fireplace within the exhaust duct, based on Depraved Native Cambridge.
The Cambridge Fireplace Division couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
The hearth originated within the kitchen exhaust system throughout the Border Cafe restaurant, CPD spokesperson Jeremy Warnick mentioned.
“No accidents, however there have been some visitors impacts. And, it has since been contained,” he mentioned.
College Director of the Harvard International Well being Institute Ashish Jha, who went into the HGHI workplace to atone for emails, mentioned he doesn’t suppose anybody was within the workplace on the time of the fireplace. He left the constructing minutes earlier than the smoke appeared.
“Round 5 after one, I walked out to go get a cup of espresso. After which about 5 minutes later, I seen smoke,” he mentioned. “From the space, I assumed, I don’t suppose it’s our workplace, however I walked again solely to find all of this.”
“ Simply earlier than I left my workplace, I did a fast stroll round — not as a result of I used to be nervous or something — however as a result of I typically once I’m there on weekends will simply verify if anybody else is there and say ‘hello,’ he added. “And there was no one else there within the workplace.”
Mauricio Nivera, who cooks at Border Cafe, mentioned Border employees had been working within the kitchen when the alarm sounded.
“There have been plenty of us within the kitchen working and all of us needed to get out, however I didn’t see any hearth within the restaurant, solely above,” Nivera mentioned.
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