Fire At Rosati's Pizza Guts Building, Snarls Rush Hour Traffic

Two employees got out and no one was hurt.

Two employees got out safely after a kitchen fire erupted at the pizza restaurant Thursday afternoon, and no one was hurt, police and firefighters at the scene said.

Firefighters from the Niles, North Maine, Park Ridge, Morton Grove and Glenview fire departments responded at the scene.

"We got a call around 4:10, and the fire was out by quarter to five," said Niles Fire Chief Steve Borkowski.


Open flames were shooting out the restaurant's front windows when responders arrived, making it necessary for police to shut down Milwaukee Avenue and cordon off a large area around the restaurant. Police routed the heavy rush hour traffic through side streets.

"My understanding is that the heat broke the window and flames were coming out," Borkowski said.

After firefighters put out the flames, Niles units remained on the scene for about an hour looking for spot fires. As they used tools to lift and remove parts of the walls and roof, blasts of smoke occasionally burst out.

Borkowski said the fire started in the kitchen area when two workers were using a fryer.

"They were out and OK when we got here," he said.

The building's interior suffered a lot of damage, and he didn't know if it would be salvageable.

One couple who left , directly across the street, said they watched the fire and response while they were having dinner.

Bystanders gathered outside Booby's to watch firefighters put out the blaze at Rosati's. Almost each new person who arrived said something along the lines of "Well, the pizza's going to be well done."

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Suburban Steve November 04, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Seriously, the last sentence in the story could be cut. It doesn't add anything of substance to the article, except an attempt at humor, perhaps? Do Patch editors actually read the stories and edit anything before they are posted??
Arne Asada November 06, 2011 at 12:41 AM
You're crazy. If that's what bystanders actually said then why not include it? No harm no foul. On the other hand, where the hell am I going to get my pizza from now? Why could that pizza place/kids arcade place further south on Milwaukee be the one to burn down.
Linda Crouse Balseca November 07, 2011 at 04:48 PM
i agree. It may be funny for others but I bet the humor wasn't appreciated by the owners who just lost their business. Business owners are fighting to stay in business, this loss must be devastating. I have been going to Rosatis for over 25 years, how sad for them.
Tom November 10, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Rosatis Pizza has routed their calls to another Roastis Pizza so you don't have to go without pizza :) called them 847-825-5855 and help them out!
Glenn Posner November 10, 2011 at 04:30 PM
They MUST have had insurance folks. I'm sure they'll be up and running in no time. There's an exceptional pizza place near the corner of Milwaukee and Oakton...Riggio's....Great thin crust....


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