Fire investigators have determined the cause of a fire that damaged a restaurant in downtown Palo Alto, California over the weekend.
The blaze, which burned Saturday at the restaurant Zibibbo at 430 Kipling St. began as a cooking fire as kitchen staff prepared a dish, fire department spokeswoman Barbara Cimino said.
Flames spread into a nearby duct and melted wires that would have activated the restaurant’s fire extinguishing system, according to the fire department. Employees attempted unsuccessfully to manually activate the fire suppression system, but the blaze continued to burn and eventually spread through the entire exhaust ducting system.
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