UPDATE: Two-alarm fire damages 127 West Social House; investigators say cause was electrical in nature

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127 West Social House at 6:30 a.m. this morning, Thurs., April 7, after firefighters fought a 2-alarm fire that affected the bottom level of the building. –Village News photo
This view of the damage to 127 West Social House following an early morning fire, April 7, shows a storage area that serves the kitchen. --Ken Seals photo
This view of the damage to 127 West Social House following an early morning fire, April 7, shows a storage area that serves the kitchen. –Ken Seals photo
This photo was taken after a 2-alarm fire early this morning at 127 West Social House. The view is looking through the door of a kitchen storage room on the north end of the building showing the roof burned away. --Ken Seals photo
This photo was taken after a 2-alarm fire early this morning at 127 West Social House. The view is looking through the door of a kitchen storage room on the north end of the building showing the roof burned away. –Ken Seals photo
This photo is an inside view of the bar area at 127 West Social House following a 2-alarm fire this morning, April 7, which severely damaged the bottom level of the structure. --Ken Seals photo
This photo is an inside view of the bar area at 127 West Social House following a 2-alarm fire this morning, April 7, which severely damaged the bottom level of the structure. –Ken Seals photo
Firefighters roll up hoses after battling a 2-alarm fire early this morning, Thurs., April 7, at 127 West Elder St., the building that houses the restaurant, 127 West Social House. --Ken Seals photo
Firefighters roll up hoses after battling a 2-alarm fire early this morning, Thurs., April 7, at 127 West Elder St., the building that houses the restaurant, 127 West Social House. –Ken Seals photo
127 West Social House at 6:30 a.m. this morning, Thurs., April 7, after firefighters fought a 2-alarm fire that affected the bottom level of the building. --Village News photo
127 West Social House at 6:30 a.m. this morning, Thurs., April 7, after firefighters fought a 2-alarm fire that affected the bottom level of the building. –Village News photo
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Units on the scene of the 2-alarm fire at 127 West Social House at the corner of S. Main Ave. and W. Elder St. –Village News photo

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Story by Debbie Ramsey and Julie Reeder

North County Fire responded to a fire at 127 W. Elder Street, Fallbrook, this morning at 3:55 am. The property, historically known as the “Elder House” currently houses the restaurant 127 West Social House, owned by Faro Trupiano.

According to North County Fire Division Chief Brandon Lucore, the fire appears to have started in the kitchen of the restaurant, although there were no individuals working in the restaurant at that hour.

“The fire started in the kitchen and then began moving into dining room areas,” explained Lucore. “As firefighters from multiple agencies arrived on scene, they began battling the blaze that was creeping into the dining space back into the kitchen. They did a really good job pushing that fire back.

Lucore said the bottom floor of the building “is pretty much a total loss.”

“While the fire burned some areas, the extreme heat and smoke did a destructive level of damage throughout the bottom story,” he said, adding that it didn’t appear any significant damage was experienced on the second story of the structure, which is a loft/apartment.

According to North County Fire public information officer John Buchanan, the fire was categorized as a 2-alarm  incident, bringing double the resources of a normal fire call.

“A 2-alarm fire means we had the following on scene: 8 engines, 2 trucks, 3 ambulances, and 2 [fire] chiefs,” said Lucore. Assisting North County Fire at the incident were Camp Pendleton Fire, Oceanside Fire, Vista Fire, and Cal Fire from Deer Springs.

“The quick response by everyone kept the fire contained to the kitchen area and attic space,” said Buchanan. “The good thing is that this building will be able to be rehabilitated.”

A few hours after the fire, investigators said the cause was electrical in nature.

Some community members and fellow business owners are encouraging residents to show their support for Faro Trupiano by patronizing his three other businesses in town during this difficult time. Those businesses are Trupiano’s Italian Bistro, 945 S. Main Ave.; Espresso Lounge, 139 S. Main Ave; and Juice Vault, 139 S. Main Ave.

The historic Elder building was the former office of the Village News, a charter school, the Country Day Montessori School, Grandma’s restaurant, as well as many other businesses in the past. It was built in 1884, which makes it one of the oldest buildings in Fallbrook.

The building was originally part of a contest between three Fallbrook residents to see who could build the best house for $2,500.

 

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Fallbrook Chamber ribbon cutting when Faro Trupiano opened 127 W. Social House.
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The historic building was the home of Village News starting in 2007.
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The Village News sometimes utilized the Main Ave. location as well as the balcony for concerts and events to bring people to Fallbrook.

 

 

8 Responses to "UPDATE: Two-alarm fire damages 127 West Social House; investigators say cause was electrical in nature"

  1. Matt   April 7, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Our Prayers are with you Faro and the whole 127 West staff . My you Repair and Rebuild fast and problem free .

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  2. Dee Nusser   April 7, 2016 at 11:46 am

    So very sorry to hear about this Faro. If there’s anything, that Ron and I can do to help out, please let us know. Sincerely, Ron & Dee

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  3. Lindajo   April 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    You could hear hearts breaking all through Fallbrook this morning…looking forward to the grand reopening…we will all be there!

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  4. Betty Reynoso   April 7, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Faro and his family are a big part of Fallbrook and everyone needs to come out and show to them, I remember my daughters graduation party there was amazing. Can’t wait for the repairs to be done and I am back enjoying their food and spirits.

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  5. Cheryl Spelts   April 7, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Elder House is one of my favorite places in all of Fallbrook, and to hear it’s so damaged just breaks my heart. Hope it can restored as much as possible, and that the restaurant can reopen!

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  6. Jan   April 9, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Is the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce organizing a way for people to donate money to help bring 127 back? It is historic and important to our community. Maybe all of the restaurant owners and citizens would help donate food to have a big fundraiser.

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  7. grunt   April 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Jan, hopefully they have insurance – BUT I do like your Republican response to a problem; Not ask for the government to help, but for the PEOPLE to help.

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  8. Teresa Harsha   April 25, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Any updates available? Just wondering what electrical problem caused the fire and if they will reopen. Never had a chance to go there and heard great things about the food!

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