15215 Collier Blvd, Naples, FL
NAPLES — Smoke from burning insulation at a nearby business disrupted but did not deter football fans Sunday who visited a Collier County sports bar.
Stevie Tomato's Sports Page, a sports bar in the North Naples Pebblebrooke plaza at Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard, reported smoke escaping from an open ceiling tile in the back room of the restaurant Sunday afternoon.
North Naples firefighters responded and found no fire in the restaurant but smoke, said Chief Battalion Officer Andy Krajewski. Someone from a neighboring unit installed a vent on the roof and used a blow torch to seal the insulation around the vent, he said.
The back room was closed temporarily, officials said.
“You could smell that something was burning and see that it was smoking,” said Colleen Calleia, who was sitting at one of tables near the entrance.
Krajewski said the businesses all share a common attic and the smoke from the burning insulation traveled into Stevie Tomatos and escaped through the ceiling tile, alarming patrons. Most said it didn’t interrupt watching the kickoff of most National Football League games Sunday afternoon.
“They just asked us to move so the fire department could come in and check it out,” said Ray Rhodes, who came to watch the Chicago Bears game.
Within an hour, the back room reopened and patrons could move back to the tables. Krajewski said it’s common to use a blow torch to seal the area around a vent.