Noodles & Co. remains closed after fire at Calhoun Commons

Caribou Coffee and Chipotle have reopened following a May 22 fire in an enclosed trash room at 3060 Excelsior Blvd., while Noodles & Company remains closed.

Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said the cause of the fire is still undetermined.

“We got it out pretty quickly,” he said.

Deven Yeager was working at Caribou when the fire broke out shortly after 3 p.m., and he was one of several people who called 911. He said they evacuated the shop within seconds — although one man apparently didn’t feel much urgency, and stayed to finish his writing before responding to shouts of a fire.

Yeager said the building filled with thick, white smoke.

“You couldn’t see through the windows,” he said.

He said the shop was professionally cleaned, and both Caribou and Chipotle reopened within about a day.

A smoking area is located outside the trash room, and building staff have speculated about cigarettes causing the fire. The fire is still under investigation, however.

Noodles & Co. issued a statement apologizing for the inconvenience, and referred customers to its St. Louis Park locations.

“The restaurant will remain closed for the time being as we assess the damages,” the company said.

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