Popular Rhode Island Restaurant Heavily Damaged in Early-Morning Fire

No one was injured in the blaze

The popular Pearl Restaurant and Lounge in Providence, Rhode Island, has been heavily damaged by a fire, but there were no reported injuries.

Fire officials say the blaze was reported at about 2 a.m. Wednesday and flames were already shooting out the doors and smoke was pouring from the second floor when firefighting crews arrived.

It took eight fire engines, five ladder trucks and two rescue vehicles to fight the blaze at the Charles Street restaurant.

The cause remains under investigation.

According to its website, the Pearl had a New Year's Eve party planned.

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