Salvation Burger caught fire during Monday night's dinner service, forcing diners and some Pod 51 hotel guests to evacuate mid-meal. The fire started around 7:30 p.m. at 230 East 51st St., according to the FDNY. The fire department put it under control less than an hour later. A representative with the restaurant said that nobody was injured, but the space suffered some damage. Some guests of the hotel where Salvation Burger is located also had to evacuate as a safety precaution, according to the hotel. Diner photos from the scene showed that some people left with bites of their burgers left. It's not yet clear whether the restaurant will open for business tonight. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Update: A rep with Salvation Burger tells Eater that the kitchen "was severely damaged" and will close the next few weeks for repairs. About 78 firefighters arrived on the scene to take out the fire, and no injuries were reported, the FDNY says. April Bloomfield's burger restaurant opened only back in February.
Fire at Salvation Burger/Pod51 on my block. April Bloomfield is standing in front. Doesn't seem like anyone was hurt. Although the entire hotel is evacuated. And people on the 2/3rd floors of the hotel said the entire floors were filled with smoke. I could smell it from my apartment. #salvationburger #pod51 #51ststreet