Bagel shop toasted in fire 

A one-alarm fire gutted a bagel shop near a gas station early Friday and damaged two adjacent businesses.

Taste of New York Bagels, located behind Olympian Gas Station on the corner of El Camino Real and Brewster Avenue, was destroyed in the blaze, which was first reported at 1:51 a.m. and brought under control within 20 minutes.

One Redwood City firefighter was treated on the scene for a minor hand injury. Firefighters from Belmont-San Carlos and Menlo Park also assisted in putting out the fire.

Redwood City administrative chief Fire Marshall Louis Vella said a morning investigation suggested that the fire started in the cooking area and that it was accidental. No one was in the shop or the adjacent stores at the time.

"There were some indicators that led us to believe that there were some combustible materials close to a hot item, like a cooking appliance," he said. "There was nothing suspicious."

Though the bagel shop was still standing, it sustained heavy structural damage. The Food Mart next door had "moderate" smoke and heat damage, Vella said. The Subway sandwich shop on the far end of the lot had minor smoke damage and was expected to remain open.

On Friday afternoon, the scent of ashes was strong from a block away.

"The bagel shop was completely destroyed while the Food Mart has a lot of smoke damage," Vella said.

Caution tape surrounded the gas station as store managers spent the majority of the day Friday sweeping and sorting through the inside.

A property manager who was at the scene declined comment. Vella said he was informed that the Food Mart was eager to open within 10 days while the gas station, which though undamaged was also closed, was to open "as quickly as possible" —within the next few days.

An automated smoke detector onsite enabled firefighters to respond quickly, which ensured that the blaze didn’t spread to the nearby fuel pumps.

"There’s always a higher risk involved, but because we responded so quick, we were able to isolate it to the building from the fuel," Vella said.

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