A two-alarm blaze damaged the New Ginza restaurant on Galen Street Thursday morning.
The fire started in the kitchen of the Japanese restaurant where workers were starting to cook, said Watertown Fire Capt. Bill Maietta. He said some oil caught fire and spread.
“The kitchen took a big hit,” Maietta said. “The bulk of the fire was around the stove, and it went through the vents and made it to the roof.”
Calls came in reporting smoke coming from the building at 63 Galen Street at about 8:50 a.m. The second alarm was called for minutes later.
A fire on Watertown’s Galen St. has morning traffic impacted on the Newton line. @WatertownPD and Fire, and @NewtonFireDept and @WalthamFireDept working at the scene, a small restaurant. Photos by @pictureboston pic.twitter.com/QE3bisgS6R— NBC10 Boston (@NBC10Boston) May 9, 2019
Maietta said the fire was knocked down in 20-30 minutes. Most of the damage was in the kitchen, but some parts of the ceiling and roof suffered flame damage, and other parts of the restaurant had smoke damage.
Watertown firefighters received help from the Newton, Belmont and Waltham fire departments.
Traffic on the area of Galen near Watertown Square was impacted during the fire. Fire crews left the scene at 10:50 a.m.