(WASHINGTON) – Just days before their grand opening a fire damaged the new Tokyo Japanese Sushi and Steakhouse in the strip mall at 735 South State Road 57, Suite 101 in Washington early Wednesday morning.
Firefighters from the Washington Township Fire Department responded to the restaurant at 6:15 a.m. after a delivery man for Papa John’s noticed that business was filled with smoke and called 911.
The State Fire Marshall, who was called to investigate, has determined an overloaded extension cord in the food preparation area started the fire.
Damage was estimated at $50,000.
According to Washington Township Fire Department Chief Tony Wichman, firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, keeping it from spreading to Papa John’s and World Finance located on each side of the restaurant.
The businesses in the strip mall reported smoke and water damage. Firefighters also had to break some windows to gain access to the buildings.
The cause of the fire that started in the back of the restaurant remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.