EVERETT — A fire damaged a downtown Everett restaurant Saturday afternoon.
No injuries were reported when smoke and flames broke out around 12:35 p.m. at J Ramen and Sushi at 1011 Hewitt Ave.
At least five fire engines, three ambulances and several other fire crews were dispatched to the scene, on a day when wildfire smoke hovered above the city.
Firefighters carried out several searches and verified no one was trapped inside, said Bronson Pearson, fire inspector for the Everett Fire Department. By 1:30 p.m., crews had most of the fire out.
The restaurant has apartments above it. At least five people were displaced, Pearson said.
Initially, crews were directed to the address of the Anchor Pub at 1001 Hewitt. The tiered triangle-shaped pub has been vacant since 2021, when Everett police arrested then-owner Christian Sayre for investigation of numerous incidents of rape. That brick building virtually touches J Ramen, but the fire did not appear to have spread into the pub next door.
The cause of the fire was unknown, as was the extent of the damage. Most of the exterior damage appeared to have charred the back walls of the ground-floor business.
An investigator was en route to the scene.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the fire was at the former Anchor Pub building. The fire was at the building next store.
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