Chandler restaurant set to reopen a week after fire

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

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The owner of a popular Chandler restaurant says he plans to be open by 4:00 Tuesday afternoon, a week after a gas-fed fire damaged his building.

Fire crews arrived at CHoP Chandler at Queen Creek and Dobson roads within four minutes of receiving the call at about 2:30 a.m on October 7.

Flames were shooting from the back patio. Firefighters kept those flames from spreading while Southwest Gas was contacted to shut off the gas to the building. Once the gas flow was turned off, the fire went out quickly.

Restaurant owner Spike Lawrence said there is no damage inside the restaurant. It was contained to an exterior wall at the back of the building.

"It should be, hopefully, business as usual once we repaint the building," he said. "It's a good advertisement for block construction instead of wood frame."

While investigators know this was a gas-fed fire, they have not determined how it started and are not sure if foul play was involved.

The restaurant is now set to reopen at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. The owners released this statement:  "(Our) family is grateful for the outpouring of concern from the community and offer of support from business associates."