Firefighters extend a ladder to fight a one-alarm fire at Lolinda at 2518 Mission St. on August 5, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

A one-alarm fire broke out at the Lolinda steakhouse in the Mission District just before 10 p.m. on Friday night, and was extinguished by firefighters after some 30 minutes.

The fire at 2518 Mission St. between 21st and 22nd streets started in the ground-floor kitchen at Lolinda, said Assistant Chief Tom Siragusa with the Fire Department.

The fire then traveled up the flue pipe used to carry smoke from the restaurant’s kitchen, reaching the El Techo rooftop bar, Siragusa said. The bar is a spin-off of the Lolinda Argentinian steakhouse. 

Firefighters extended a ladder to the top of the five-story building, where smoke poured out into the surrounding blocks. Siragusa said the ground-floor suffered water damage from fire-fighting efforts, but did not know the full extent. The manager of Lolinda declined to comment.

Mission Street between 21st and 22nd streets filled with smoke and people rushed from the block, coughing. Traffic and buses were re-routed from the block, as police cordoned off the street to both vehicular and foot traffic. 

Lolinda restaurant workers stood across the street from their building as firefighters ascended the ladder and watched smoke fill the air. Some would-be patrons walked up and asked if the restaurant was affected, saying they were hoping for dinner.

“We had reservations,” one man said, as water streamed down the street. “Does this mean they’re cancelled?”

Just after 10:30 p.m., Lolinda restaurant workers were allowed back into the restaurant to retrieve their belongings. 

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