The Cheesecake Factory is on fire. Or not.
Posted by episode81 on July 29, 2009
I was in downtown Palo Alto for a quick dinner when I thought I could smell burning. Then a couple of fire engines screamed down University Avenue. I have never seen a real fire so I rushed down the street to see what was going on. I was hot on the heels of a newspaper reporter. He had no furry microphone. There were no inexplicable celebrities. What can I say?
The street was closed off and smoke detectors were going off at Mad and 5th. It was so exciting!!
Take a look at the pictures … no digressions here …
Turns out, the fire wasn’t on the roof of the cheesy, it was in a dumpster in the alley behind the restaurant. No pictures of the dumpster – not exciting at all. I think the fire crew wanted to play with their toys 🙂 So they did and I was entertained, but I still haven’t seen a real fire.
UPDATE, 30JUL09 : Here is the news report. Mad and 5th was closed today …