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8Up line cook charged with arson at his own restaurant

by Robin Garr » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:58 am

This sure doesn't sound good. :(

WDRB-41 wrote:Chef at popular downtown Louisville restaurant charged with arson

A chef at a popular downtown Louisville restaurant has been arrested after authorities say he started a fire at that restaurant.

According to the Louisville Metro Arson Bureau, it happened at the 8UP: Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen atop the Hilton Garden Inn at 250 W. Chestnut Street in downtown Louisville.

An arrest report states that 29-year-old Benjamin Comfort, "intentionally started a fire" in the building Saturday, at around 5:30 p.m.

His actions were caught on video, according to the arrest report.

Full story on WDRB-41:
http://www.wdrb.com/story/35646145/chef ... with-arson
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Re: 8Up chef charged with arson at his own restaurant

by JustinHammond » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:03 am

I was there when this happened. When the alarm went off no one paid any attention to it. After about 3 minutes someone came outside and said it was real and we needed to take the steps down. Half way down the 8 flights of steps the alarm quit, we were told to keep moving. After 8-10 minutes on the ground the all clear was given to return. We chose to move on.
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Re: 8Up chef charged with arson at his own restaurant

by Robin Garr » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:30 am

Better down eight flights than up eight flights, I guess.

BTW, the WDRB piece called him the chef, but it's clear that he was a line cook. Still troubling, but it wasn't the person in charge.
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Re: 8Up chef charged with arson at his own restaurant

by Deb Hall » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:26 pm

How is it that the PR agency releases a statement that the fire was unintended, when the cook had already been charged with 1st degree arson?
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Re: 8Up chef charged with arson at his own restaurant

by Robin Garr » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:55 pm

Deb Hall wrote:How is it that the PR agency releases a statement that the fire was unintended, when the cook had already been charged with 1st degree arson?

Don't get me started about restaurant PR. :twisted:
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Re: 8Up chef charged with arson at his own restaurant

by Deb Hall » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:06 pm

I know. :evil:
I personally found it hysterical that they decided it was a good idea to disagree with the police assessment, because- you know- PR firms are experts in detecting arson.... :lol:
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Re: 8Up chef charged with arson at his own restaurant

by Richard S. » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:03 am

I would note that the title of this thread implies that the person who started the fire was the owner of the restaurant. At first glance that's what I thought. It wasn't really "his own restaurant," it was the place where he worked.
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Re: 8Up chef charged with arson at his own restaurant

by Robin Garr » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:27 am

Right ... if you read down the thread, you'll note that the conversation quickly became aware of WDRB's original error and tweaked it. Still, that's a fair point. I'll edit the original headline.

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