Fire at Marion restaurant extinguished without injury

Oct 18, 2021

MARION — On Saturday, Oct. 16, Marion Fire Department responded to a building fire in the apartment directly above Cilantro Thai restaurant in Marion, successfully containing the blaze to the upper floor, according to the department.

No injuries were reported from the incident, though the resident of the upstairs apartment was transported to the hospital for observation, according to Marion Fire Chief Brian Jackvony.

In a Facebook post, Varut Phimolmas, owner of the restaurant, thanked the Fire Departments of Marion, Rochester, Mattapoisett and Wareham for their hard work extinguishing the fire and the community at large for its support.

The Marion Fire Department responded to the reported structure fire just after 11:15 p.m. on Saturday night and requested backup from the Fire Departments of surrounding towns soon after. With help from Mattapoisett, Rochester and Wareham, they were able to extinguish the fire by about 3 a.m. on Sunday, according to Phimolmas.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and the incident is currently under investigation by the State Fire Marshal. 

The restaurant, which occupies the first floor of the building, sustained some smoke and water damage but no fire damage, Jackvony said. Fire damage to the second floor was confined to the bathroom, kitchen and living room. 

Phimolmas said on Facebook that he and his family will look to move their restaurant to a new location in Marion after examining the damage to the building and equipment the day after the fire and finding it more severe than originally thought.

Though Phimolmas explained in his Facebook post that he would be seeking a business loan to pay for the necessary renovations and equipment for the new building, a GoFundMe has also been started naming him as the beneficiary. The grassroots fundraising page has already collected over $1,700 of the $5,000 goal for the family’s new restaurant.