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Fire Forces Evacuation of Gabriel's Restaurant

Sign on the exterior of the building catches fire Saturday night, forcing evacuation of restaurant, apartments, fire commissioner said.

Gabriel's Restaurant and several apartments were evacuated after a sign on the exterior of the building caught fire Saturday night, Fire Commissioner Steve Toth said.

A passing motorist notified police that an exterior sign attached to the building was on fire, Toth said.

John Gabriel, who is the third-generation owner of the restaurant and chief of Fire Company 2 was in the kitchen cooking at the time the fire was reported, Toth said. He heard the call come in on his radio.

Arriving firefighters found the sign and the sides of the second and third floors of the building on fire, Toth said.

Gabriel ensured the restaurant and the residential apartments on the second and third floors were evacuated, Toth said. 

Firefighters quickly put out the fire on the exterior of the building and opened the exterior walls of the third floor to extinguish the rest of the fire, Toth said.

Toth did not say what caused the fire.

No injuries were reported, Toth said.

"Due to the quick response and knock down, the building sustained minimal fire damage and minor smoke and water damage," Toth said. 

Fire Companies 1, 5, and 2 responded to the blaze.

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Josie Wanna February 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM
3 fire companies for a sign on fire...really? or was this because he is a cheif?
Dont Worry February 11, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Josie 1st off it's spelt Chief... 2nd Wayne Fire is 100% volunteer why do you care how many fire companies respond?
Scondo February 11, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Josie, maybe it was the Lobster Special--Now that was just a joke, before anyone gets too twisted. I really don't get too twisted about how many companies respond, I am just happy that we have a dedicated group that does respond and given the way they have responded over the last couple of years in this town we should all be happy. Floods, hurricanes, and even some fires too.
still in town 78 February 11, 2013 at 09:45 PM
If your property was on fire Josie I'm sure you wouldn't mind what companies came out to help you in your time of need! If you called the town and complained I'm sure they would give you an answer as to why 3 companies were called! But if I was answering phones and you called and had made that complaint just the war you worded it on here I would laugh in your face!
I don't think so February 12, 2013 at 05:36 AM
Josie you might need to learn protocol in Wayne. At night 2 companies are automatically dispatched to a fire alarm. When it's a confirmed fire another company is dispatched. The fact is they did a great job stopping this fire before it could extend further into the building.
Robin Anne See February 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Josie, Wayne does not have a paid fire department. But even so, each engine or truck has a crew of minimum three VOLUNTEERS. Gabriel's restaurant, a historic landmark, is three stories high with multiple apartments and a busy restaurant. It's standard procedure to call out at least 2 fire companies. Volunteers leave their homes, jobs, etc and race to the firehouse they belong to in order to respond. Fire is NOT forgiving. It doesn't care that it started in a sign. From there it travels to the walls, the roof, the attic until it engulfs everything. For you to minimize the heroic and expeditious reaction of VOLUNTEERS who train and sacrifice to protect your community shows incredible naïveté about what firefighting entails. Also Chief John Gabriel will be the first to tell you that the amazing firefighting VOLUNTEERS of the FIVE Fire Companies in Wayne are the best around.
Nose Wayne February 12, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Josie, being you seem to NOSE so much about the Wayne Fire Department and its "cheif", why don't you join so you can really see what goes on with what the "VOLUNTEERS" do in this town everyday ? They have several women in the department and I have seen them right in there with the guys putting fires out. So before you" talk the talk", why don't you "walk the walk" into your local fire company and join ? And thanks to the Wayne Fire Companies 1,2,and 5 for making a great save of Gabriels Restaurant that could have turned to tragedy in a few more minutes. ATTABOY AND ATTAGIRL WAYNE FIRE.
Justice February 12, 2013 at 02:56 PM
The volunteers of the Wayne Fire Department have contributed much. I am not sure if there is a historical pamphlet anywhere; but we did lose a volunteer when he went searching for a possible drowning victim from Hoffman's Grove. RIP I believe he left behind an unborn child.
Nose Wayne February 12, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Justice,Glen McCoog was the firemen that lost his life returning from a call in Hoffman Grove.He was a member of POL(Property Owners League) Fire Company #2. It wasn't until a women walking over the Rt. 46 bridge toward Willowbrook Mall saw his reflective gear in the water that he was found.Was a very sad time for the Wayne Fire Department to loose one of their own.Each fire company is an independent organization, go on their websites to see more on their history.
Leila Oxford February 12, 2013 at 09:27 PM
@ Nose Wayne~ by her comments I can't even image that they would want her! If she owned Gabriel's, or was there eating at the time of the fire or lived in one of the apartments or appreciated the history of Wayne I don't think she would have such an ignorant comment! REALLY Josie Wanna I hope you never need help from any fire company in Wayne and who do you think you are to be critical of the VOLUNTEERS of this town? Why don't you thank "Chief" Gabriel for all the hours he has volunteered in this town instead of posting your insulting comments? Josie if you have nothing positive to say try saying NOTHING.
Pad February 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Josie you must be an idiot to comment on matters you know nothing about. Working fires especially in bad weather are labor intensive, so you need manpower. You wouldn't know about heavy labor. Typing stupid comments doesn't count.
Nose Wayne February 13, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Leila, Maybe Josie should stop in and see "CHIEF" Gabriel and look at all the history on the wall of the Wayne Fire Department. I'm sure he could spare a moment for her from running a business about 16 hours a day plus protecting her and her family in case her house ever caught on fire.I noticed you have not commented Josie since you made a comment you have no clue about.Let me NOSE when your going to stop there,I'll even buy you lunch.

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