Fire Damages Harvard Square's Toscano Restaurant

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(Bernice Corpuz/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

CAMBRIDGE (WBZ-AM) -- A fire broke out Tuesday morning in Harvard Square, leaving a building slightly damaged and closing Toscano Restaurant.

Cambridge Fire responded to the building on Story Street around 10 a.m. The fast-moving blaze began on the first floor, and there was heavy smoke showing when crews arrived.

Cambridge Assistant Fire Chief Paul Sheehan told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz the flames spread to the back of the building.

"It worked its way to the outside," he said. "At that point, it burned through nine gas meters, so at that point it became a gas-fed fire. Pretty dramatic explosion on the rear of the building."

An evacuation was ordered while crews worked to shut off the gas source. No injuries were reported, but two firefighters were treated on scene for minor heat-related health issues.

Firefighters were beginning to clear the scene around noon, but streets around the scene were still closed. 

Restaurant workers told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that Toscano will be closed for the rest of the day due to the fire. Cambridge Fire is still investigating the cause of the blaze. 

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) reports

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