Fire reported at Winston’s


Updated September 13

Fire crews from Oak Bluffs and Tisbury responded to an electrical outlet fire at Winston’s Kitchen in Oak Bluffs at 8:29 am Saturday. Oak Bluffs police officers blocked the parking lot area from cars. Oak Bluffs EMS was on standby.

“Within minutes, our senior captain arrived on location,” Oak Bluffs Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Foster said. According to Foster, smoke came out of the interior of the “one-story wood frame commercial restaurant.” 

“There was an employee inside the building who called 911. He had a smell of smoke and saw the smoke coming out from that electric outlet. He quickly called 911 and deployed the fire extinguisher,” Foster said. 

A fire engine handline was used to “knock out the fire.” However, it was discovered that there was a fire in the walls around the electrical outlet, which was when mutual aid from Tisbury and Edgartown Fire Departments was called for support. 

There were no flames at the scene when a Times reporter arrived, but fire crews were still actively investigating the source of the fire.

“The fire was quickly knocked down; it was contained to one wall. There was moderate damage to that wall,” Foster said. 

Once the fire was contained, aid from Edgartown was canceled while a Tisbury fire engine arrived to help on the scene. “Thank you to our mutual aid partners,” Foster said. 

Tisbury firefighters and fire equipment left the scene before Oak Bluffs emergency responders. Just before 10 am, an Eversource truck arrived at the scene.

Winston’s will be closed for the time being. Eversource and the O.B. wire inspector are searching for a point of origin. The town’s health agent was also at the scene, since it’s a restaurant. “The board of health and building department will be determining when they can reopen,” Foster said. 

Nobody was injured during the incident.

“It’s all a waiting game now,” Winston’s Kitchen co-owner Lisa Christie told The Times by email on Monday. “[We’re] waiting on insurance to be able to start work. Electrician coming today to [assess] the damage. We are hoping to be open by the weekend, but will have a better idea and more info by the end of day today.” 

In a social media post late Tuesday, Winston’s told its followers they are making progress, but aren’t ready to reopen just yet.