Kirin restaurant was closed Friday afternoon. Photo: Tracey Taylor

A customer at a Chinese restaurant on Solano Avenue in North Berkeley was injured Friday when a decorative beam fell from the ceiling and struck him in the head, authorities report.

A reader alerted Berkeleyside to the incident at Kirin restaurant and asked for more information.

Assistant Berkeley Fire Chief Keith May said BFD got the call to Kirin at 11:52 a.m. Friday and was on the scene by 11:57 a.m. The restaurant is located at 1767 Solano near Colusa Avenue.

May said the restaurant ceiling has exposed hollow beams overhead that are decorative: “At some point, these decorative beams fell from the interior roof,” he said. One of them hit an elderly gentleman in the head, May said.

The man sustained a 2-inch laceration but remained conscious. BFD has classified it as a minor injury. Paramedics took the man to a local hospital for treatment.

As of Friday afternoon, there was a closed sign on the restaurant door, according to Berkeleyside’s Tracey Taylor. When Taylor went by the restaurant, there was a ladder set up inside near the front window and an orange cone outside the doorway.

There was no answer when Berkeleyside telephoned the restaurant at 1:35 p.m. Friday.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...