Tempe apartments evacuated due to restaurant fire

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Dozens of people were evacuated from an apartment complex early Thursday morning because of a fire in a restaurant in an adjoining building in downtown Tempe.

Firefighters say an ice machine in the Umami restaurant at Sixth Street and Mill Avenue caught fire at 1:30 a.m.

Fire Department spokesman Kevin Bailey says a security guard heard a fire alarm sounding in the closed restaurant and discovered smoke in the building.

The fire caused little damage but forced evacuation of approximately 60 people from the Lofts at Orchidhouse.

The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire. Nobody was hurt.