Three burned in downtown Burger King grease fire in kitchen hood

Three people were burned in a grease fire Sunday that erupted in the kitchen of a downtown San Francisco Burger King restaurant.

Just before 2:15 p.m., workers said they heard a rumbling coming from the ventilation hood in the kitchen of the restaurant on Powell Street near Market Street. Then all at once, flames shot from the overhead vents, employees said.

“Everything started filling with smoke. The cashiers jumped over the counter and ran outside,” said 23-year-old John Paul Araujo, who was standing nearby when the fire broke out. “I was just shocked. It caught me off guard.”

Two of the people burned were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, said San Francisco Fire Battalion Chief Marty Ross. Everyone else made it out of the restaurant safely.

Firefighters quickly had the flames under control and said most of the damage was contained to the ventilation system. No nearby buildings were damaged.

The ventilation hood “just gets too hot,” Ross said. “You got to keep that thing clean. If not, the fire will clean it for you.”

via Three burned in downtown Burger King grease fire – SFGate.

Fire destroys NW Huntsville restaurant

Fire destroys NW Huntsville restaurant - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Fire crews responded to El Camino Real on the 4100 block of University Drive around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters on the scene said everyone got out of the building safely and that no injuries were reported.

Fire Captain Frank McKenzie said hotspots were still being put out some 90 minutes after the initial blaze. He said that the heat inside was so intense, one firefighter’s helmet partially melted.

McKenzie said the biggest problem has been keeping his crew hydrated due to the extreme heat. He said the fire was believed to have started in the attic.

“As they entered the attic area, they looked around and there were flames completely surrounding them,” McKenzie said. “They could only stay in the attic approximately 20 seconds at a time, it was so hot in there.”

The restaurant was declared a total loss. The owner of the restaurant said he was glad no one was hurt, and at the end of the day, “it is just a building.”

A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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Granger restaurant blaze started as kitchen fire wHY IT’S iMPORTANT To Train Employees the Right way to put out a FIRE

A cardboard box, a deep fryer and wind. A Granger restaurant owner says those three things started a fire that caused lots of damage to his business and two others in a strip mall.

View inside Copper Creek Cafe

Fire breaks out at Granger strip mall

Courtesy of Shelli Matthews.

The fire appears to have started near an outdoor freezer

The damage is so bad that those three business owners aren’t sure when they will re-open.

The strip mall is on State Road 23, near Bittersweet Road. Investigators say the fire started outside, behind the Copper Creek Café.

Restaurant owner George Tselios told his employees were trying to fill the deep fryer with oil Thursday morning. That oil is in a plastic liner that sits inside a cardboard box, and someone set the box on top of a hot griddle, he said.

Heat from the griddle caused the box to smolder, so workers doused it with water in the sink before throwing the box away from the building, behind the restaurant.

Firefighters say a gust of wind sent it back toward the building and fire quickly spread up the side of the building to the roof.

“I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears in this place trying to get it together,” said Tselios, fighting back tears. “To see something like this happen is hard.”

It was a heartbreaking scene for Tselios and his employees. He opened Copper Creek Café in September 2012 because he liked the location and traffic.

“We have been very successful and we appreciate our business, we love the people out here,” said Dorothy Bouck, a manager and server at the restaurant.

Bouch says she evacuated about a dozen tables of customers as soon as she realized the restaurant was on fire.

“We’ll have to see what we have to do to keep going,” said Doug Fine, who owns the 2nd Time Around consignment shop with his wife Cristal. It sits next door to the restaurant.

An employee working there got out OK, Fine said.

“We need to call the insurance company, see what they can do to help us out. Get the smell out of the clothes,” he added.

The smoke and water damage is only part of it. Firefighters pulled down the ceiling throughout the entire building to make sure the attic wasn’t burning. Even though that may have spared the building from more fire damage, it caused a lot of debris from one end of the restaurant to another.

While he tries to deal with the emotions of what happened, Tselios said he feels sorriest for his employees – his second family.

“She’s my best friend,” he said tearfully, referring to Bouch. “She came from my other restaurant. My kitchen manager, again one of my best friends, came from my other restaurant, so it’s tough.”

“Not quite sure what we’re going to do from here, but George is a good guy,” said Bouch. “He’ll take care of it.”

Tselios’ other restaurant is in White Pigeon.

He, the consignment store owners and Tapped Out, a bar in the strip, all have the same plan – get cleaned up and re-open as soon as possible.

Investigators confirmed late Thursday afternoon the cause of the fire was from a smoldering cardboard box that an employee put on a griddle then threw outside. There were no reported injuries in the fire.


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Brewer’s Alley evacuated for kitchen fire Monday night

fryer-fireFirefighters extinguished a blaze Monday night at Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Brewery in downtown Frederick.

The restaurant at 124 N. Market St. was evacuated after a blaze ignited in the kitchen, said Lt. Jeff Shippey of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services. Fire crews were called at about 9:40 p.m.

Smoke was visible from the rear of the building, according to Shippey, who said cooking equipment in the kitchen caught on fire. A gas line in the kitchen was also damaged as a result of the blaze. No injuries were reported. The restaurant was closed Monday night while the cause of the fire was being investigated.

via Brewer’s Alley evacuated for kitchen fire Monday night – The Frederick News-Post : Fires.