(Another) Blaze at Taze

Photo by M. Hermann/BHB

Photo by M. Hermann/BHB

Just after midnight, callers reported a heavy smoke condition on Montague St. between Clinton St. & Henry St. to the Fire Department.  Upon going to the rooftops, firefighters saw flames in the rear of 142 Montague St., home of Taze Restaurant.

The fire was reportedly in the ductwork, with some slight extension to the upper floors, and was knocked down in about 40 minutes.

The event brought back memories of another fire in the building on March 26, 2007.

No injuries were reported, and unlike last year’s incident, this one is not considered suspicious.

Photo by M. Hermann/BHB

Photo by M. Hermann/BHB

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  • AliG

    Why does Montague Street look (and smell) like Calcutta? Every morning there is trash strewn from one end of the street to the other. What the eff happens between midnight and 7am??!!


    Apparently you have never been out there when all the restaurants put out their trash bags all along the street. Always fun to see the random HUGE roaches running form bag to bag.

  • AliG

    Oh, I have been out there. It’s disgusting. Maybe Mrs. Fink will post a cockroach photo.

  • JGM

    The stretch between Montague and Remsen on Court has to rival some of the worst streets in Chinatown. It is amazing that there is trash spread all over the sidewalk in front of Duncan Donuts EVERY morning. One would think that the cops would be near the donut shop and stop the midnight vandals at some point.

  • nabeguy

    Vandals or carting service workers? Those guys are not exactly known for picking up after themselves.

  • AliG

    Montague Street between Henry & Clinton is just as bad as that stretch of Court. No difference.
    Am planning on staying up all night sometime soon and tasering whatever teabag is doing this.

  • marla

    this fire seems suspicious to me. what are the chances of another one happening in the same building? and i’ve heard that work that was supposed to be finished in the apt building above has not yet been complete so the tenants have been exposed to all the rotting wood since may. the landlord should be ashamed of himself.

  • weegee

    Ductwork fires in restaurants are incredibly common. Most are discovered during operating hours, and are stopped before they have a chance to go anywhere. Something smoldering for a while after-hours is more likely to get rolling, but will still be mostly confined to the ducts.

    The previous fire was in the entryway on the ground floor. Other than “same building,” there aren’t many similarities. Ask the crew at Visy Paper on Staten Island about repeat performances that aren’t suspicious in origin…they’re good for at least two working fires in their facility annually. Or, more closely, the home on Remsen St. near Montague Terrace.

  • bklyn20

    A fire at this Taze (I always thought it was Tazza) is particularly suspicious because I heard that they’re not allowed to actually COOK anything there. The can keep soup, quiche, etc., warm, but no actual cooking. I understood there was no restaurant-type venting there and that when they had tried to cook in the past, the residents upstairs understandably objected. Hmmm…