Arsonist Sets Early Morning Fire at Pasadena Restaurant

A fire at Kathleen’s Restaurant. | Photo courtesy of Pasadena Fire Department

By Terry Miller

A transient man is accused of arson in connection with a fire that damaged a Pasadena restaurant early Wednesday morning.

The blaze broke out just after 4:22 a.m. at Kathleen’s Restaurant, 595 N. Lake Ave., according to the incident report issued by the Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived to find an “exterior fire that extended into the interior and attic.”

“Very sad with restaurants already struggling and then hit with a devastating fire intentionally set,” Lisa Derderian, Pasadena public information officer, said. “Kathleen has been a fixture in Pasadena for many years and treated everyone as if they were her best friends. We hope she can rebuild and get up and running.”

According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, the damage, although significant, isn’t enough to permanently close the establishment. They hope to reopen Friday.

Personnel controlled and confined the fire to a corner of the restaurant, preventing fire extension to the adjacent body shop. The fire was extinguished within 25 minutes as crews worked to overhaul flames within the ceiling and walls. Companies conducted primary and secondary searches for victims finding nobody inside. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is allegedly intentional and under investigation by Investigator 8 and the Pasadena Police Department.

February 3, 2021

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tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family sailed to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures, chasing a breaking news story. or playing drums, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars like his beloved 74 MGB...more like an addiction, says his wife of 22 years.

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