Early-morning fire heavily damages Kent Street eatery

Posted: November 9, 2013

The Winchester Star

Assistant Fire Marshal Matt Gearhart (left) and Fire Marshal Jeremy Luttrell investigate the scene of a fire that heavily damaged Stephen’s Restaurant and Jazz Café on North Kent Street. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Winchester fire marshals investigate the fire that damaged the rear of the Jazz Restaurant early Friday morning on North Kent Street. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — Fire marshals are investigating the cause of a Friday-morning blaze at a city restaurant.

Firefighters were called at about 4:15 a.m. to Stephen’s Restaurant and Jazz Café at 440 N. Kent St., according to Amy Simmons, spokeswoman for the city government.

The crews found heavy flames in the rear of the restaurant.

“WFRD and Frederick County personnel were able to knock down the fire within 10 minutes after arriving and had the fire under control within 30 minutes,” Simmons said.

The rear of the two-story restaurant, which includes apartments on the top floor, was “totally damaged.”

No one was in the building at the time of the fire.

Simmons said on Friday afternoon that it is too early to determine if foul play may have been involved.

It was also unknown whether the restaurant — which opened in the summer — has been closed or whether any residents were displaced from the apartments.

A call to the business on Friday night went unanswered.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com