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.