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Up in smoke

Posted by Hannah / January 12, 2007

firetrucks.jpgUpdate, including photos, below..

Early this morning, Duluth eatery Lombardi burst into flame. More than three hours later firefighters are still battling the fire from the street and the roofs of the adjacent restaurants.

The two-story Italian restaurant attracted streams of people every weekend for more than 20 years. This morning the building's shell--all that remains--is so hot, clouds of steam continue to rise over the Duluth and St. Denis intersection. Both streets remain closed.

The restaurant next door, L'Academie, operated by the IHTQ was gutted by fire in 1999, has also been extensively damaged by the fire. According to a CBC report this morning, firefighters had to break down a wall of that restaurant to gain access to the flames in Lombardi. The fire was so fierce at one point that firefighters considered evacuating the building.

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The building has been demolished. Charred wood, melted plastic dish bins, and singed breadbaskets are strewn about the street beside massive twisted steel beams. A couple of chairs, a table and two mismatched shoes were also saved. A woman (perhaps a waitress) who came by this afternoon, identified the heeled black pump as one of her own, but left it behind for the clean-up crew to dispose of.

Firefighters won't say yet what caused the fire, but confirmed that none of the other buildings were damaged. Although they did enter L'Academie, the restaurant was largely unscathed. Firefighters only removed some of the gyp-rock to keep an eye on the fire's progress.

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Dave / January 12, 2007 at 10:05 am
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Man, that's too bad. I must say, I reaaaalllly hate L'Academie. Overpriced for lame plates of pasta. But still too bad.

OJ / January 12, 2007 at 10:30 am
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It's never that fun to wake up in the morning and see the fire hydrant in front of your house in use.
Zeke / January 12, 2007 at 02:28 pm
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Howdy!

L'Academie is not the restaurant of the IHTQ. Nor is it affiliated with the <a href="http://www.ithq.qc.ca/fr/index.php";>ITHQ</a>, either.

Their restaurant is located at 3535, rue Saint-Denis. L'Academie is in <a href="http://www.lacademie.ca/lacademie-location.htm";>Laval, Quebec City and Brossard</a> as well as being on Saint Denis.
Hannah / January 16, 2007 at 11:51 am
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Ooops. Thanks for catching that Zeke!
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