Fire chars Hof’s Hut kitchen, roof

Firefighters doused a grease fire that started in the kitchen of Hof’s Hut last night and spread into the ventilation system, according to authorities.

The blaze began around 11:38 p.m. Thursday, about half an hour after closing time at the location on Bellflower Boulevard near Stearns Street.

When firefighters arrived, they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the restaurant’s roof, said Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Matt Dobberpuhl.

There was little exterior damage visible from the fire, which started in the kitchen of Hof's Hut, authorities said. Photo by Jeremiah Dobruck.

There was little exterior damage visible from the fire, which started in the kitchen of Hof’s Hut, authorities said. Photo by Jeremiah Dobruck.

The fire was difficult to access, having spread to the kitchen’s hood system, he said, but crews knocked down the flames by 11:50 p.m. and had any hotspots doused by 1 a.m.

“It was ruled an accidental grease fire,” Dobberpuhl said.

The Hof’s Hut location was closed Friday morning while employees worked to evaluate the damage.

“The kitchen is pretty messed up,” said Gail Lampson, a longtime server who was turning away customers at the back door.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the Hof’s Hut would reopen.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze, Dobberpuhl said.

Signs were posted at entrances of the restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard near Stearns Street.. Photo by Jeremiah Dobruck.

Signs were posted at entrances of the restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard near Stearns Street. Photo by Jeremiah Dobruck.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children, Paul and Simon.
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