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Firefighters Douse Blaze At New Melt Restaurant In Mentor

The fire may delay the restaurant's opening

Firefighters doused a blaze Thursday at the site of the new Melt restaurant at the Points East shopping compex in Mentor.

The fire began in the kitchen area at about 1:30 p.m., Mentor Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Edmond said.

However, there was no cooking, only construction, occuring when the fire began.

The fire spread through the duct work to the ceiling, causing smoke to come from the roof, but firefighters were able to contain the flames to the Melt unit in the shopping complex, Edmond said.

Mentor, Kirtland and Willoughby Fire Departments responded to the fire, while firefighters from Grand River, Concord Township and Mentor-on-the-Lake covered Mentor's unmanned stations.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 15 minutes, Edmond said.

Nobody was hurt during the fire.

Mentor Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire, though arson is not suspected.

When asked how much damage the fire had caused, Edmond said it may force the restaurant to push back its prospective opening date.

"It wasn't a whole lot of damage," Edmond said. "I'm hoping it only puts them back a week or two."

Matt Fish, the owner of Melt, had previously told the city of Mentor's Planning Commission that he planned to open the Mentor location on Oct. 15.

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