A small but intense fire has placed a popular Berryville eating establishment temporarily out of business for at least the next few days.
Santorini Grill owner Tom Diamantis said that a refrigeration compressor used to power a walk-in cooler and a freezer caught on fire around 4:15 pm on Tuesday afternoon. Diamantis said that blaze quickly spread to the walls of the small room located at the back of the restaurant where the refrigeration units are housed.
“The fire happened very quickly and it was very intense,” Diamantis said. “It destroyed everything in the room.”
On-scene commander Captain Mike White of Enders Fire Company said that quick work by Berryville Town Police kept the fire from possibly causing more severe damage.
“When we arrived the fire was in check thanks to the town police,” White said. “We were able to fully extinguish the blaze quickly.”
White said that in addition to Enders Fire Company, units from Shenandoah Farms, Boyce, Shenandoah Retreat and Greenwood Fire Company in Frederick County also responded to the alarm at 108 South Buckmarsh Street.
“Our response matrix for a commercial structure fire requires that level of response,” White said. “Also, with the high heat today, it’s better to have more resources rather than less just in case they’re needed.”
Diamantis said that right now he could not speculate when his restaurant will reopen.
“I haven’t been able to reach our insurance company and the Health Department will have to inspect before we are allowed to reopen,” Diamantis said. “Government offices will be closed tomorrow since it is the Fourth of July, so it seems like Thursday would be the soonest.”
“The fire has really knocked us out for the moment.”