A fire at Deep's Indian Cuisine caused patrons at the Jefferson State Pub, a restaurant and bar located below the restaurant, to evacuate the Water Street building on Sunday night.

No one was injured. Everyone was out of the building by the time Ashland Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene at 11:11 p.m.. The fire was put out by 1:54 a.m.

"Someone called from the [Creekside Bistro] and said they saw smoke coming from the upstairs," John Pulis, general manager of the downstairs pub, said. Pulis was called at home and returned to work last night because of the fire.

"David, our bouncer, called 911," Pulis said.

Margueritte Hickman, Ashland's Fire Marshal, said she is still investigating the cause of the fire.

"The fire did start in the kitchen," she said. "The main damage was in the kitchen. There is smoke damage in the dining room. [The damage] was pretty extensive in the kitchen. It wouldn't be possible to open the restaurant very soon."

Deep Sangh, owner of Deep's, could not immediately be reached for comment. Because AFR's investigation is not complete, they would not release his phone number, although Hickman said they do not suspect arson as a cause.

"We don't have any reason to suspect it's a suspicious fire," she said.

Hickman said no one was at the Indian food restaurant when the fire was reported. "The employees and owner left at 10 last night," she said.

Pulis and Hickman said the Jefferson State Pub received minor water damage as a result of the fire. Pulis expects the pub to open at its regular time this afternoon, though plans to open for lunch Monday are now delayed a day or two, Pulis said.

Ashland Daily Tidings Editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger is one of several owners of the Jefferson State Pub.

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