French Laundry chef's bakery damaged by fire

9/16/2011 16:02:23 PM

YOUNTVILLE -- A fire that damaged famed French Laundry chef Thomas Keller's bakery in Yountville early Thursday was apparently caused by an electrical problem, a fire captain said.

Firefighters from Napa County and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection responded to the French-style Bouchon Bakery at 6528 Washington St. shortly after 5:20 a.m. and put out a fire that started above an oven, said Napa County fire Capt. Jim Christison. The blaze caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

Although investigators were still pinpointing the cause, Christison said it appeared that "something electrical above the oven" was to blame.

The three employees who were at the bakery when the fire broke out escaped injury.

"We are thankful that our team is safe," Keller wrote on Facebook. "The bakery will be closed while we make all necessary repairs. We hope to reopen as soon as possible."

Keller's French Laundry in Yountville has twice been named "the best restaurant in the world" by Restaurant Magazine. He opened Bouchon Bakery down the street in 2003, and also operates two other Washington Street restaurants, Bouchon and Ad Hoc.

The bakery makes the bread for all the restaurants.

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