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Fire engulfs section of Hollywood Broadwalk

Four businesses were damaged
Hollywood Broadwalk Fire
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Posted at 3:19 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 15:19:40-04

Early Thursday morning a fire tore through a section of businesses on Hollywood's Broadwalk.

The fire was reported by a passer-by at around 4:54 a.m. and units arrived about 5 minutes later, said Hollywood Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Analdy Garcia. Parts of the fire continued to smolder at 7 a.m. and one section flared up around 10 a.m., but it was quickly extinguished.

Firetrucks from Hollywood Fire Rescue arrived through the back entrance and saw two buildings fully involved, said Garcia. The fire eventually spread to four businesses, including Little Venice restaurant, Blue Wave Bar and Grill, and La Brochetterie.

Most of the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes with help from Broward County Fire Rescue. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

"This fire investigation will take a while to conduct due to the nature and extent of damage," he said. "Our Fire Prevention Bureau and State Fire Marshal’s Office remain on scene and will there be for a while."

Vice mayor of Hollywood, Kevin Biederman, said it's a tragedy whenever something like this happens, and the city is ready to start planning on how to get these places back in business.

"Whenever we do remodeling it has to be brought up to newer standards," Biederman said. "We're ready to work together and make sure everything is up to FEMA standards."