A smoky fire caused a scare for a short time at a popular restaurant in Binghamton.

The blaze at the Red Oak Diner at 305 Front Street in the city's First Ward was reported around 2:25 p.m. Monday.

Although the call was dispatched as a possible kitchen fire, the blaze apparently was contained to some cardboard boxes.

Smoldering boxes, including what appeared to be some egg cartons, were observed on an asphalt-covered area behind the restaurant building.

Binghamton firefighters at Red Oak Diner on Front Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Although the fire caused no damage to the structure, some smoke entered the restaurant, including its dining area. About three customers were seated inside at the time the blaze was broke out.

Assistant fire chief Samuel Santoni said restaurant employees used a fire extinguisher on the blaze. Firefighters finished the process when they arrived.

Santoni said there were no injuries and restaurant operations were not affected. He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The smoldering remains following a fire at Red Oak Diner on November 11, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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