Burger King Kitchen Duct Fire causes total damage to building and contents at $600,000



BK damage $600,000


A fire at 8:41 a.m. Sunday at Burger King, on Mountain Road near Route 1, caused $600,000 worth of damage, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.


The Burger King remained closed Monday and must be re-inspected before it can open again, Fire Marshal Office spokesman Oliver Alkire said Monday.


The majority of the roof was heavily damaged, Alkire said.


Black smoke was reported pouring from the building, according to the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association’s media Facebook page.


The fire was discovered in the venting system above the broiler in the kitchen, according to the Fire Marshal’s notice of investigation.


About 40 firefighters from five area companies spent 20 minutes extinguishing the fire. All workers evacuated the restaurant, which was open at the time, without incident.


The cause of the fire remains under investigation, although grease build-up inside the vent system and a combustible being too close to a heat source have not been ruled out, according to the notice of investigation.




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