Friday, October 5, 2018
A look at the fire-damaged Uogashi; plus video of when the fire started at 188 1st Ave.
[Photo by JK Clarke]
As you likely know, what would eventually be a six-alarm fire broke out in the early morning hours Wednesday at 188 First Ave. between 11th Street and 12th Street.
FDNY officials have said that they believe the blaze started on the ground floor, which is occupied by the sushi restaurant Uogashi.
As these photos by Steven yesterday show, Uogashi, which opened here in December 2016, sustained major damage...
[Photo of the damaged rear-portion of Uogashi by Hillary Johnson]
It's too early to know when, or if, the restaurant might return. Uogashi's website is currently offline, and their voice-message system is full. No. 188 remains under a full-vacate order.
The FDNY is continuing their investigation, and have not publicly announced the cause of the fire.
Meanwhile, EVG reader Hillary Johnson, who lives near 188 First Ave., shot this video showing the start of the fire just before 2 a.m. (Firefighters had already been called, and were en route to the scene.)
In the video, you can see that the rooftop ventilation fan on No. 188's setback is on fire.
In total, there were 17 reported injuries, including 14 firefighters. The victims mostly sustained minor injuries, according to published reports.