Dozens of firefighters put out a midafternoon blaze Thursday that started in the kitchen of Giorgio’s, an Italian restaurant and 38-year mainstay on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
No one was hurt in the blaze at 672 Silver Spur Road in Rolling Hills Estates that started just before 3 p.m. and was knocked down by 3:30 p.m., said Los Angeles county fire Inspector Frederic Stowers.
The two-story building has a variety of tenants besides the restaurant. Offices directly upstairs from the restaurant incurring the most damage.
The extent of the damage was not known.
“I was outside on the patio having lunch with my son,” said Giorgio’s owner Carlo Borelli, adding that no one was in the restaurant at the time. “We had just cleared the dining from our lunch customers and we were sitting 30 feet away from the kitchen when we heard crackling.
“We went to look and saw the kitchen on fire, so I pulled the fire extinguisher and he went to the phone to call 911. Five minutes later the firemen showed up.”
Some 40 Los Angeles county and city firefighters responded to the call.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation but arson is not suspected at this time, Stowers said.
“We’ve been here since 1972,” Borelli said of the family-run restaurant. He sold it in the early 1990 s but bought it back a brief time later, he said.
“Thank God nobody was hurt, not in my place or upstairs.”