Fire damages a popular Santa Barbara restaurant

Flames damage the kitchen of Jill's Place restaurant

David M. Johnson, NewsChannel 3 Producer , david.johnson@keyt.com
POSTED: 07:29 AM PDT May 10, 2013    UPDATED: 06:57 PM PDT May 10, 2013 
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

A fire broke out  in the kitchen of Jill's Place restaurant in Santa Barbara causing extensive damage this morning.

Firefighters were called to  the 600 block of Santa Barbara Street just before 4 a.m.

Investigators said the fire started in the kitchen area of the restaurant. The cause has not been determined.

A city fire crew arrived and knocked down the blaze in about 15 minutes.

The fire did not spread into the seating area, but there was smoke damage  throughout the building.

No one was injured.

The Shalhoob family has owned the site since the 1970's as a meat shop, deli, and in recent years, a restaurant.

"Thank God there was a patrol car coming up Santa Barbara street," said Jerry Shalhoob. "He spotted the smoke. Kudos to those guys for spotting it because the building would have been gone if nobody was around."

Jill's Place - 632 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101