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Plastic covers holes in the roof at Dinis Brothers Pizza Restaurant, scene of a Sunday morning fire in South Boston. / November 15, 2020
Three fire departments responded early Sunday morning to a blaze at Dinis Brothers Pizza Restaurant on Wilborn Avenue, where a kitchen fire spread through the back of the building.

“We got the call at 5:34 a.m. and worked until 8:14 this morning getting the fire extinguished,” said South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips.

The restaurant sustained $100,000 in estimated damage from the fire. The property is valued at $250,000, said Phillips.

When South Boston firefighters arrived, “the fire was coming through the roof from a vent in the kitchen range hood system on the back side of the building,” said Phillips. Crews used chainsaws to cut holes in the roof for the smoke, heat, and flames to escape.

The roof openings were also used to help extinguish the fire. Firefighters forced their way in the main entrance door from the parking lot and chased down the flames to put them out throughout the structure.

“The fire caused extensive damage,” said Phillips, adding the cause of the blaze is still undetermined but it is obvious it started in the kitchen.

The South Boston Fire Department deployed three engines and 14 firefighters who were assisted by the Halifax Fire Department with three trucks and eight firefighters, and the Cluster Springs Fire Department with one truck and two firefighters. Sunday morning’s blaze is the third call the SBFD responded to since the department celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new building wing on Nov. 9.

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