Fire-hit Port Solent restaurant thanks public for its concern after blaze

OWNERS of a Port Solent restaurant gutted by a blaze over the weekend have thanked the public for its support.

Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 1:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 1:09 pm
Casa Brasil at Port Solent the morning after the blaze. Picture Ian Hargreaves

On Saturday evening a fire ripped through the roof of Casa Brasil, causing extensive damage to the popular eatery.

In a statement released today by marketing manager Andy Sharp, he praised people for their words of kindness in the wake of the blaze.

He added: ‘Investigations are ongoing as to the exact origin of the fire and we are working closely with Hampshire Fire and Rescue and insurer’s representatives to identify the cause.

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The fire at Casa Brasil in Port Solent on Saturday PHOTO: Heidi Baker

‘Casa Brasil have a very stringent regime of cleaning their kitchen extract duct weekly and therefore it is believed that poor maintenance of this is unlikely to have been the cause.’

Casa Brasil has also praised the prompt attendance of professionalism of firefighters from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, adding crews’ hard work saved much of the building from damage.

Mr Sharp added: ‘The restaurants immediately below Casa Brasil, Watermark and Relentless HQ, suffered some water damage but were able to open by midday on Sunday for a full lunchtime service,

‘Casa Brasil is hoping to open later this week once the emergency repairs have been made.’

The fire at Casa Brasil in Port Solent on Saturday PHOTO: Heidi Baker