A bartender at a popular restaurant in Portland's Pearl District is recovering this morning after he was burned by a candle.
It happened Thursday night at the Bluehour Restaurant on Northwest 13th Avenue between Davis and Everett streets after a candle fueled by a broken bottle of alcohol caught fire.
The fire eventually set off the sprinkler system.
The bartender, Steve Grimm, suffered first- and second-degree burns to his arms and torso as he tried to get the blaze under control.
Grimm was taken to Emanuel Hospital.
A post on the Bluehour Facebook page said Grimm is expected to be released from the hospital Friday.
"The fire was the result of a high proof alcohol that inadvertently ignited while preparing a cocktail," the post said. "We would like to extend a huge thank you to our amazing staff for acting so quickly and efficiently."
Bluehour is closed for lunch Friday, but expects to open in time for happy hour at 4:30 p.m.
According to Portland Fire and Rescue, candles start more than 13,000 house fires in the United States each year.
They can be especially dangerous in a commercial setting. They advise to never leave a candle unattended and to put candles in a sturdy holder.
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