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Kitchen area fireplace quickly closes longtime Turlock diner Latif’s

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Feb. 8—A kitchen area hearth Sunday has briefly closed the well known longtime Turlock diner Latif’s by Pedretti.

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“Every person is secure and we hope to get up and working as soon as bodily attainable,” reads a submit on its Fb webpage, in which it thanks the Turlock, Ceres, Denair, Keyes and Modesto fire crews that responded. It also thanks Turlock police.

The report of the fireplace at the 111 N. Golden State Blvd. eatery was designed about 4:40 p.m. The initial crews to get there identified smoke coming from the roof air flow, Turlock Fire Office spokesman Capt. Kevin Tidwell explained Monday early morning.

“When crews created entry, they encountered mild smoke,” he claimed by text. “It was a tiny fireplace that was held in examine by the hood suppression process over the prepare dinner top rated. Crews ended up capable to set the rest of the hearth out with h2o cans.”

Problems was contained to the kitchen region, Tidwell said. Firefighters were on scene about a few several hours.

Opened by founder and namesake Charles Latif in 1953, Latif’s has served Turlock for virtually 7 a long time. It really is been in its current making, putting for its untouched midcentury design, in 1960.

Just after far more than 60 many years of spouse and children ownership, Latif’s was bought by Nick Pedretti in November 2019. In a Bee write-up then, Pedretti claimed he was intent on preserving both equally the spot’s classic seem and all people-is familiar with-your-identify come to feel.

The restaurant recognised for its homemade pies and retro decor is as much a Turlock establishment as the train tracks that bisect the coronary heart of the city.

A gofundme account titled “Supporting Latif’s Staff members” was set up late Sunday. “To our Latif’s loving neighborhood, it can be been a very challenging year and now Latif’s has been hit with a further set back again,” the generate-up on the webpage suggests of the fire. “… While coverage will get labored out and the kitchen area receives rebuilt, we have the employees to look out for. If you’ve ever been to Latif’s, you know that the staff treats you like loved ones, and if you go normally, they become family members.”

We will update this story as more details on the hearth is offered.

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