About 50 firefighters responded to a fire at the former Villain & Saint restaurant and bar in downtown Bethesda Friday night. Credit: Photo by Amanda Farber

This story was updated at around 12:15 p.m. on June 26, 2021, to correct a photo credit.

A fire at the former Villain & Saint bar and restaurant in downtown Bethesda Friday night caused about $75,000 in damage.

Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the county’s Fire and Rescue Service, wrote in a tweet the fire started in the rear of the building around 9:30 p.m., inside a room which “contained several large electrical panels, a gas-fired water heater & a light fixture.”

In an interview Saturday, he said the area appeared to be a utility room. About 50 firefighters and 12 to 15 fire trucks responded to the fire after there were a few 911 calls reporting smoke coming from the rear of the building, Piringer said. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters and first responders closed Wisconsin Avenue in both directions for about an hour to run fire hoses across the road, Piringer said.

Firefighters work on putting out a fire on the roof of the former Villain & Saint restaurant and bar. Photo by Steve Hull

Villain & Saint has been closed since September 2019, after opening in April 2015. There have been several other restaurants at 7141 Wisconsin Ave. including Gaffney’s, The Majestic Bar and Grille and Markham’s.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Piringer said Saturday.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at steve.bohnel@bethesdamagazine.com