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Lake Oswego restaurant remains closed following fire

Fire crews have problems with people driving over fire hoses during efforts to battle Manzana blaze.

Police and fire officials are still investigating the cause of a single-alarm fire that forced the evacuation of about 300 people from a popular Lake Oswego restaurant Saturday night.

Patrons were evacuated from Manzana Rotisserie Grill after cooks at the restaurant, located in Lake View Village on State Street, discovered smoke coming from an upstairs stock room.

Gert Zoutendijk, deputy fire marshal for Lake Oswego Fire, said officials had not ruled out several potential causes of the fire, including arson and an accidental fire.

'Right now it's labeled as a suspicious fire and it's still under investigation with the Oregon State Police Arson Division and the Lake Oswego Police,' Zoutendijk said.

No one was injured in the fire, which was discovered at about 6:30 p.m. as crowds filled the dining room downstairs.

Fire crews from Lake Oswego, Portland and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue took about 25 minutes to control the blaze. Rescue workers struggled with traffic from the Lake View Village parking garage, ultimately barricading the exit to keep departing patrons from driving over fire hoses.

'We were having issues with people just not wanting to stop … It slowed us down a little bit,' Zoutendijk said. 'We had to barricade and make sure nobody came out of the parking garage so it was a little hectic at the time.'

Ultimately the fire caused about $10,000 in structural damage to the building and an estimated $25,000 in stock and property damage, much of it water damage from sprinklers and fire hoses. Zoutendijk said water flooded an electrical panel, forcing power to the building to be shut down. Phone lines were also cut off over the weekend.

Matt Corbin, vice president of marketing for Pacific Coast Restaurants, which owns Manzana, said Monday that most of the damage to the restaurant is confined to the eaves of the building in an area above the restaurant's kitchen.

Corbin said he was hopeful Manzana could re-open by the end of the week but said he couldn't provide a firm date yet. He asked patrons to call Manzana at 503-675-3322 to check for an opening date.

For further details about the fire, check out this Thursday's edition of the Lake Oswego Review.