Update: Shanghai Bistro in Downtown Stillwater Will Open at Noon After Early-Morning Fire


Shanghai Bistro will open at noon today after an early-morning fire in a storage closet in the kitchen.

The Stillwater Fire Department extinguished a fire at Shanghai Bistro in downtown Stillwater early Saturday morning.

Firefighters were called at 5:10 a.m. Saturday to an automatic water flow fire alarm at 324 Main St. S at the Grand Garage shops and restaurants, Stillwater Fire Chief Stu Glaser said. Upon arrival fire crews observed smoke within the building and water flowing from the fire alarm sprinkler system.

Stillwater Fire crews searched the building and “found a sprinkler-controlled fire in a storage closet of the kitchen at Shanghai Bistro. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The damage was minimal because of where the fire was and the fact that the fire suppression system did what it was supposed to do, Shanghai Bistro owner Henry Chan said Saturday morning.

“The importance of well-maintained and working fire suppression systems cannot be overstated,” Glaser said. “The automatic sprinkler system in this building saved millions of dollars of structural assets and millions of dollars worth of retail inventory from the multiple occupants of this building.”

The majority of merchants located in this building will be able to return to normal business without a loss of revenue or lost goods, Glaser said.

Bayport Fire, Stillwater Police and Lakeview EMS assisted on the scene.

The firefighters response to the incident was awesome, Chan said. Firefighters, given their location to the restaurant, were here in minutes.

“We are fortunate the fire damage was minimal,” Chan said.

The restaurant will open at noon.

This post will be updated with additional information as it is made public.


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