Fire Damages Artichoke Basille




Fire Rips Through Artichoke Basille’s Pizza in New York’s East Village

The blaze did extensive damage to the building but does not appear to have been intentionally set.

A fire caused extensive damage when it swept through the popular Artichoke Basille’s Pizza in New York’s East Village on Friday, according to the New York Daily News.

Founded by pizza-making cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille in 2008, Artichoke Basille has been spotlighted on The Tonight Show, The Rachael Ray Show and Pizza Masters. One of nine locations around New York, the East 14th Street shop is a favorite late-night haunt for young partiers and known for its cream-and-artichoke-laden slices.

“I woke up to drunk girls on the street eating pizza and taking Snapchats, saying, ‘Holy s—t! There’s a fire!’” Morgan Crouse, who lives above the restaurant, told the Daily News.

The blaze started shortly before 5 a.m. and spread up to the second floor of the six-story, mixed-use building. Firefighters finally got the blaze under control around 6:30 a.m. The cause of the fire has not been disclosed, but one source told the New York Post that it didn’t appear to have been intentionally set.