Friday, May 26, 2017

[Updating] Report of an early-morning fire at 328 E. 14th St., home of Artichoke Basille’s Pizza



A two-alarm fire tore through 328 E. 14th St. early this morning. According to the official FDNY Twitter feed, the fire started just before 6 a.m. in the ground floor, which is home to Artichoke Pizza here between First Avenue and Second Avenue.


A large number of firefighters were congregated outside what is Artichoke's dining room...





The damage extends to the second and third floors of the building...





The FDNY called it under control by 6:30 a.m.


No word just yet on cause or injuries or extent of the damage. As of 7 a.m., the NYPD still had 14th Street closed off between First Avenue and Second Avenue.



Artichoke is planning on opening in a new location directly across the street from here. Artichoke debuted at No. 328 in 2008.

Updated 10 a.m.

The Daily News reports that the fire caused "extensive damage" to Artichoke.

Witnesses said that the fire started right around its 5 a.m. closing time.

"I woke up to drunk girls on the street eating pizza and taking Snapchats, saying 'Holy s--t! There's a fire,'" said Morgan Crouse, 25, who lives above the pizzeria.

Updated 2 p.m.

The story in the Post noted this: "One fire source said it did not appear to be intentional."

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, that looks bad with all the windows bare like that.

Anonymous said...

Wow drunk youth eat exotic pizza at 5am in the morning....???

Anonymous said...

That's my landlord's other building, the one he's always pressuring me to move to. And Artichoke is leaving? Hmmm...

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it, but after the synagogue fire a few weeks ago, I'm more suspicious of fires that could be helpful to someone. Nothing like insurance money to help fund the move across the street?

Anonymous said...

I feel bad for everyone in that building. I don't know how anyone lives over a restaurant or a bar, especially a place that is open into the wee hours of the morning and caters to the neighborhood partygoers.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea Arte was open until 5, I guess my days of looking something to eat after a night out was long ago. Weren't they suppose to have moved across 14th street by now?

Scott said...

I live above a 99 cent pizza joint that closes at 4am on the weekends. It's a delight when the bars let out.

Anonymous said...

So what happens to everyone who lived upstairs? Those photos show a lot of
broken windows & the damage would seem to be quite extensive.

Grieve, can you update us as to what the situation is with people who lived upstairs there? It seems like people must have been displaced.

Andy Dahill said...

Its called the city that never sleeps for a reason. If you don't like it move to the suburbs.

Scuba Diva said...

Andy Dahill from Scarsdale spewed...

Its called the city that never sleeps for a reason. If you don't like it move to the suburbs.

Ooh, aren't you Mr. Helpful! Where were you when all those people got blasted out of their homes on 2nd avenue? You must have had an earful for someone!

Pinch said...

A good majority of where the apartments' windows used to be now have plywood instead.

Tina Kothari said...

Few of us have been displaced and need to find a new home because of the extensive damage to our apartments..

Anonymous said...

" If you don't like it move to the suburbs."

The move to line. It's been a while. Classic DB.

Anonymous said...

A fire on a street which is slated for massive development.

Anonymous said...

Did your landlord help in anyway?