Dallas Fire-Rescue Snuffs 3-Alarm Fire at Restaurant Inside Comerica Tower

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    Dallas Fire-Rescue battled a 3-alarm fire inside the Comerica Bank Tower building in downtown Dallas Tuesday afternoon. (Published Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014)

    Dallas Fire-Rescue battled a 3-alarm fire inside the Comerica Bank Tower building in downtown Dallas Tuesday afternoon.

    Shortly after 2:30 p.m., smoke could be seen billowing up several stories from the first floor of the 60-story building at 1717 Main Street in downtown. 

    Fire at Comerica Tower in Downtown Dallas

    [DFW] 3-Alarm Fire at Comerica Tower in Downtown Dallas
    NBC 5's Amanda Guerra shot this video with her cell phone of the fire at the Comerica Bank Tower on Main Street in downtown Dallas Tuesday afternoon. (Published Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014)

    Initial reports are that the fire started at the Dallas Chop House, on the building's first floor, in the restaurant's vent hood. 

    By 3 p.m., much of the visible smoke had ceased, though plenty of firefighters remained at the scene and positioned on ladder trucks above the restaurant. 

    At about 3:30 p.m., fire officials reported the fire had been contained.

    "The fire did not affect the main building, however the alarm system was tied into the restaurant. So the only thing that did happen was the alarm system went off, causing some of the occupants to evacuate," said Jason Evans, spokesman for Dallas Fire-Rescue.

    The fire department also evacuated some of the lower floors, though the fire was contained to the restaurant's kitchen. Most of those who were evacuated have returned to the building as firefighters continue to vent smoke from the building.

    No injuries have been reported.

    Officials closed the intersection of Main and St. Paul streets while firefighters battle the fire.

    At 787 feet, Comerica Bank Tower is the third-tallest building in the city.

    In a statement released Tuesday evening, Nafees Alam, vice president of DRG Concepts, the parent company of Dallas Chop House said:

    Everyone is safe and sound. We are grateful to the Dallas Fire Department for their service. The damage from the kitchen fire is concentrated in the kitchen and, of course, will be repaired immediately. Our goal is to have Dallas Chop House open to serve guests by September 1, if not sooner. We are grateful to everyone for their interest and for their good wishes as we make these repairs and get all of our employees back to serving guests.

    NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff and Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.