A two-alarm fire flared briefly Thursday morning in the kitchen of Felix’s Restaurant in the French Quarter, sending a fireman to the hospital with cuts and second-degree burns to his hand.
Firefighters were called to the venerable restaurant at the corner of Bourbon and Iberville streets at 8:48 a.m. They arrived five minutes later, according to New Orleans Fire Department spokesman Capt. Edwin Holmes.
An employee of the restaurant at 739 Iberville St. said the grill caught on fire.
The fire sent billows of smoke through the kitchen but was mostly confined to the restaurant’s hood ventilation system.
Because French Quarter buildings are so old and tightly packed, Holmes said, the NOFD sent 45 people to fight the fire, which was brought under control by 9:13 a.m.
“It was a pretty extensive amount of the fire that was in the hood system,” Holmes said. “It made it look a lot worse than it was.”
A firefighter suffered burns to his left hand after his glove was ripped open. He was taken to the hospital.
Patrons of the Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans watched from the hotel’s second-floor balcony across the street as firefighters cleaned up afterward.
The oyster eatery, which claims a history of more than 70 years, was open again Thursday night.