Firefighters responded to a fire early Sunday behind The Farmhouse Restaurant, 1449 Chestnut Street, and were able to knock it down before it could damage the kitchen.
Michelle Quier, manager at The Farmhouse, said there was only minimal damage to the vestibule that leads to the kitchen and that the restaurant is open for business.
She said the fire started out back near a trash bin.
“There’s a vestibule hallway before you get to the kitchen and that’s where the fire reached. … The alarm pad is there so it went off immediately,” Quier said.
Emmaus Fire Chief Jim Reiss said the investigation has been handed over to Emmaus Police. He said they don’t know yet how it started and the cause remains under investigation.
Emmaus Police were called at 1:41 a.m. and a second alarm was struck a couple minutes later. Additional apparatus from Emmaus, Vera Cruz, Lower Macungie and a Rapid Intervention Team from Alburtis responded.
Reiss told dispatchers the fire was out at 1:56 a.m.