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Kitchen Fire at Tower District Italian Restaurant Quickly Contained



A fire at Fresno restaurant Oggi Cosi Si Mangia on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, apparently originated in the kitchen. (GV Wire/Drew Phelps)
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The Fresno Fire Department responded to calls Thursday morning about large amounts of smoke coming from Oggi Cosi Si Mangia — one of Fresno’s most popular Italian restaurants.

Reports of the fire at 1110 N. Van Ness began coming in around 7:20 a.m., said Fresno Fire public information officer Josh Sellers.

The fire appears to have started in the kitchen area and was quickly contained, Sellers said.

The fire’s cause and the extent of the damage were being determined Thursday morning. There were no injuries, Sellers said. Around 34 firefighters responded to the call.

The Fresno County Department of Health will also investigate the cause of the blaze, as it does with all restaurant fires.

Edward Smith began reporting for GV Wire in May 2023. His reporting career began at Fresno City College, graduating with an associate degree in journalism. After leaving school he spent the next six years with The Business Journal, doing research for the publication as well as covering the restaurant industry. Soon after, he took on real estate and agriculture beats, winning multiple awards at the local, state and national level. You can contact Edward at 559-440-8372 or at

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