Investigators Still Determining Cause Of grease fire

 A downtown Arlington Hts. restaurant was likely saved when a nearby resident saw smoke coming from the roof and called 911.

The resident had returned home around 12:40 a.m. and heard an alarm, according to an Arlington Hts. Police Dept. press release. They then saw smoke omitting from the one-story restaurant located at 17 W. Campbell St. Fire and police responded to the scene at 12:45 a.m. Monday. Ten fire companies responded, including engines from the Prospect Hts. Fire Protection Dist. and Rolling Meadow Fire Dept.

Firefighters entered the building and immediately encountered heavy smoke, but no flames, according to the press release. Firefighters used a ladder truck to reach the roof and discovered flames in an exhaust vent. The firefighters vented the roof to attack the fire and suppressed another blaze in the kitchen next to a cook-top hood. It took about 45 minutes to extinguish the fire.

The fire and police department are investigating the cause, though it is believed to be accidental. Evidence shows the source may have been near a kitchen stove and its ventilation system. Fire Chief Ken Koeppen said yesterday (Tuesday) the exact source is still being determined. Insurance company representatives joined fire investigators at the scene Tuesday.

The restaurant is closed for now. However, the damage was limited to the roof and kitchen and was not extensive. Koeppen expects Salsa 17 could reopen within a week, though the restaurant’s owners will first need approval from the village’s building and health departments.

Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Commercial Kitchen Hoods

Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Commercial Kitchen Hoods


1. Air intake filters should be cleaned monthly or more often if conditions dictate.

2. Check all belts for slippage and tighten if necessary.

3. Perform cleaning on the exhaust fan interior and wheel as required to prevent accumulation of grease that could lead to a fire hazard.

4. At least every six months, all electrical connections should be inspected and checked for tightness.

5. Oil and/or grease all motors and bearings every six months or as conditions dictate.

6. If supplied with job, check and empty grease collection cup on outside of exhaust fan.


1. Carefully wipe away gritty substances clinging to stainless steel surfaces to avoid scratching.

2. Dilute 1/2 cup of laundry detergent (E.G. Tide, Surf) with 1 gallon warm water.

3. Soak a cloth in the water detergent solution. Wring out excess.

4. Rub the cloth in the direction of the grain.

5. Wipe stainless steel with cloth soaked in warm water to remove all traces of the cleansing agent.

6. Wipe stainless steel dry with a clean cloth.

7. Reapply stainless steel polish (E.G. Sheila Shine).

8. Empty and clean grease drain and cups.

9. Filters should be cleaned in a dishwasher or soak sink periodically.


DO NOT use iron wool (Brillo Pads), scrapers, or spatulas to clean hood!

DO NOT use the following substances on or around the hood!

1. Chlorine or chlorine based substances.

2. Acids (E.G. acetic, hydrochloric, sulfuric).

3. Chloride based substances (E.G. mercuric chloride, ferric chloride).

Vapors of the above substances can corrode stainless steel!

Operation of Hood

Before turning on cooking equipment, make sure that the make-up air and exhaust fans are on. Leave fans on at least 30 minutes after cooking equipment is shut off. Clean hood daily with non-abrasive cleaners.

Remove filters and run through dishwasher daily.

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Kitchen grease fire investigation

The Emporia Fire Department investigated a grease fire at La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, 1116 W. Sixth Ave., this afternoon.

The Fire Department received a call around 4:30 p.m. today that there was a fire in the kitchen at La Hacienda, and there was smoke coming from the roof, said Battalion Chief Steve Kuhlmann of the Emporia Fire Department.

The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire, said Kuhlmann, who was at the scene. Two employees were inside. The flat top part of the oven was being used. Accumulated grease under the flat top element caught on fire.

No injuries were reported, he said. The hood and hand held extinguishers were used. La Hacienda cannot reopen until its extinguishing system is refilled. Firefighters cleared the smoke out of the building.

The Emporia Police Department was also at the scene.

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Grease In Duct Work Causes $300,000 In DAMAGE!

A fire that struck in the early hours Wednesday has shut down Kingstowne’s Macaroni Grill restaurantFairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to the restaurant fire Wednesday at approximately 2:45 a.m., in Kingstowne.

The restaurant, Macaroni Grill, is located at 5925 Kingstowne Towne Center. Firefighters encountered light smoke and sounding fire alarms upon arrival. As smoke conditions worsened, firefightersdiscovered fire within the duct exhaust system above thepizza oven in the kitchen area.

The path of the fire had traveled through the duct work and extended into the ceiling and roof area. Despite finding it difficult to access the fire because of the extensive duct work, firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 70 minutes.

No one was in the restaurant when the fire broke out. The restaurant will be closed until repairs are completed. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $300,000. According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Grease in the ductwork caused the fire

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