[EVG photo from May 26]
The FDNY took to Twitter yesterday to cite the cause of the fire at 328 E. 14th St. on May 26...
Per #FDNY Fire Marshals: Cause of 5/26 2-alarm fire at 328 East 14 St MN was accidental, due to heat from the pizza oven flue.— FDNY (@FDNY) June 7, 2017
Per the fire marshals, the blaze "was accidental, due to heat from the pizza oven flue."
As previously reported, the two-alarm fire reportedly started inside Artichoke shortly after the pizzeria closed at 5 a.m. The fire spread from the ground level to second- and third-floor apartments through walls in the six-story building, according to the FDNY.
The Post reported on the way the pizzeria apparently learned of the fire: "A manager said he called 911 after a neighbor texted him a photo of the burning building."
The city has ordered a partial vacate on the building. An unknown number of residents have been displaced from their homes.
The pizzeria opened at 321 E. 14th St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue, in their new home across the street from their previous location, on Tuesday. We first spotted plans for the new Artichoke last November.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Artichoke appears to be moving into a new space on 14th Street
Report of an early-morning fire at 328 E. 14th St., home of Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
Artichoke Basille's Pizza signage arrives at new 14th Street location
The new 14th Street location of Artichoke Basille's Pizza is now open