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2-alarm fire strikes North End restaurant

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Trattoria Il Panino, a popular North End restaurant, was evacuated shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday after a fire broke out in its kitchen ceiling, according to the Boston Fire Department.

The restaurant at 280 Hanover St. is located on the first floor of a five-story building where a deadly blaze in 2017 gutted apartments on the floors above the restaurant.

Heavy fire was visible in the kitchen ceiling when fire crews responded to the fire, the department said on Twitter.

The fire, which quickly grew to two alarms, was extinguished shortly after 6:30 p.m., according to the department.


There were no injuries.

Damages are estimated at $150,000, said Brian Alkins, a fire department spokesman.

The site of firefighters battling the blaze from the street and ladders extended to the top of the brick building, drew several curious onlookers.

“I was walking down Richmond Street here, and you could see smoke from the back of this building,” said Courtney Camps, 32.

Several people snapped photos of the building, where apartments are still being renovated after the 2017 fire that killed two residents. But Boston police kept them from getting to close to the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Alkins said.

Trattoria Il Panino owner Frank DePasquale declined to comment when reached by the Globe Saturday night.

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