Fire damaged Des Moines Golf and Country Club’s clubhouse Friday morning.
West Des Moines firefighters were called out to the club in the 1600 block of Jordan Creek Parkway around 8:45 a.m. When they got there, they saw flames coming from the lower level of the building.
General Manager, Jim Cutter says a fryer in the downstairs kitchen caught fire, the flames traveled up the hood and then up to the roof.
There’s damage to the ductwork, smoke and water damage to the kitchen, but there was no damage to the roof.
West Des Moines Fire Chief Don Cox says the club`s staff was smart enough to use a fire extinguisher instead of water on the grease fire, but made the mistake of not calling the fire department immediately.
“Sometimes they`re just scared to do that, they`re probably embarrassed that maybe they somehow might have contributed to the fire,” Cox says.
“So they try to put it out before you know they think it gets too big but they don`t realize how quickly it can travel, especially when you`re dealing with dry conditions outside or in this case food product that has grease in it that`ve very flammable.”
Cox says this is the second fire they`ve had in the last four days where someone tried putting the fire out before calling the fire department.
Country club officials say they`re grateful no one got hurt and hope to reopen sometime next week.
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No major damage occurs in grease fire at China Two
Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.
No major damage or injuries occurred Tuesday after a grease fire at China Two on Hickory Tree Road.
Firefighters with the Midway Fire Department were dispatched to the fire at 189 Hickory Tree Road, Suite 118, at 12:27 p.m. Paul Lambeth, deputy chief of the Midway Fire Department, said firefighters arrived to find a grease fire and smoke in the building.
Firefighters entered the restaurant, extinguished the fire and ventilated the suite in which China Two is located. China Two is in the same shopping center as CVS and Walmart Express. The grease fire didn’t affect the other businesses.
Davidson County Fire Marshal Danny Ward said the grease fire would likely cause the business to be closed for about a week. He said there would be a cleanup process, and the fire suppression system would have to be restored. Ward said the fire was contained to the kitchen hood system, and little to no damage occurred to the rest of the building.
The Midway, Gumtree and Wallburg fire departments, as well as Davidson County Fire Marshal’s Office, Davidson County Inspections Department, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and Davidson County EMS, were all dispatched to the scene.