Here's a paragraph from the press release, followed by the entire release.
At 9:30 PM last night, Sunday December 26th, 2010 units from the Eureka Fire Department and Humboldt Fire District #1 responded to a commercial structure fire at the Yen Chin restaurant, 525 “F” Street,
They entered the restaurant through the front door and extinguished an active and growing fire on the first floor.
Smoke had spread through the second and third floors of the building through open stairwells and vertical openings. Crews were on scene for an extended period of time ventilating the smoke and searching for fire extension. The last crews left the scene at approximately 1:00 AM.
There was extensive fire, heat and smoke damage to the restaurant.
The cause of the fire in under investigation.
This fire could have been much more significant. The restaurant is located mid block in an older commercial area. The relatively early stage of the fire when it was noticed resulted in extinguishment of the fire just before it grew to a point where it spread to the rest of the building. A major fire in the building could have resulted in damage to one or more of the neighboring commercial structures.
Had this fire occurred later at night, delayed notification of the fire department would have resulted in a much larger fire.
This fire would have been easily extinguished by an automatic fire sprinkler system with a fraction of the damage. Nationally, Fire sprinklers have successfully extinguished over 96% of fires in buildings equipped with functioning systems.