A fire that started in the kitchen of a Vista restaurant on Sunday caused employees and patrons to evacuate the business, fire officials said.
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Firefighters were called to Thai Pasta at 1876 Hacienda Drive about 1:15 p.m., according to Battalion Chief Ned Vander Pol of the Vista Fire Department.
The fire broke out as two of the restaurant's chefs were cooking and they activated the commercial kitchen's extinguishing system a hood and duct system to put out the fire on the stove top. However, by that time the blaze had spread to the attic, Vander Pol said.
Employees also used a fire extinguisher to try to douse the fire, he said.
According to Vander Pol, it was apparent to the restaurant's customers there was a fire, so they evacuated on their own and the staff soon followed after trying unsuccessfully to put out the blaze.
"Fortunately, everybody got out before any injuries were sustained," Vander Pol said.
Firefighters from Carlsbad and Oceanside assisted those from Vista and had the fire under control at 1:24 p.m., he said.
The official cause of the fire remained under investigation and a damage estimate had yet to be determined.