The Newport Creamery on County Road was expected to be open for business again at 7 am today.
“We have a clean bill of health,” said Janice Mathews, a vice president for the restaurant chain, late Tuesday morning.
She was referring to inspections of the building in the Village Center plaza after it was closed all day Tuesday from a small electrical fire in the basement on Monday night, Feb. 25. The fire produced smoke primarily -- no real damage except to a storage area in the basement.
“Except for the smell,” said Mathews, “it really was nothing.”
Mathews said she was told the store manager used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze. He then called the Barrington Fire Department to come in to clear the smoke and make sure the building was safe.
Crews from Smoke Clean of New England were unloading and bringing in exhaust fans Tuesday morning to finish the job. An electrician was making repairs. Everything was being scrubbed clean.
“We could have been open for lunch,” said Mathews. “Except for the smell.”
The other two businesses that share the building with Newport Creamery -- RE/MAX River's Edge and Mangia Neapolitan Pizza -- opened Tuesday by mid-morning after power was restored to the building. They were operating business as usual.