Two-alarm fire breaks out at Sammy’s Pizza in La Jolla

A fire broke out at 6:18 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza restaurant, 702 Pearl St. in La Jolla, which resulted in smoke damage in three units of the Bella Capri Condos next door.

First arriving firefighters saw heavy smoke from the roof of the three-story building. A second alarm was called within 10 minutes. The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes, but several blocks of surrounding streets remained closed for more than four hours.

Fire officials determined the cause to be accidental, starting in the restaurant kitchen hood. Damage is estimated at $150,000 to the building and $50,000 to the contents. One firefighter sustained a minor injury.

On Sept. 6, a sign was posted at the entrance indicating the restaurant was closed by order of the Department Environment Health citing fire damage. Restaurant owners hope to re-open Sammy’s on Pearl Street in La Jolla, since it was the first Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza opened by restaurateur Sami Ladeki in 1989. It has since expanded to 17 Sammy’s locations in Southern California and the Las Vegas area.