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Fire reported in Harlingen McDonalds : News : ValleyCentral.com

Authorities responded to the scene of a fire in at the fast food restaurant in Harlingen after a grill caught on fire.

Witnesses told Action 4 News that a grill in the kitchen of the restaurant on the 600 block of Sunshine 77 caught on fire around 10:50 a.m.

Employees reportedly attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, but called the Harlingen Fire Department as the fire continued.

Customers and employees also evacuated the fast food restaurant.

Witnesses said three fire trucks arrived at the scene to battle the flames inside McDonalds.

No injuries were reported from the fire.

It caused an estimated $2 million in damage Grantville Restaurant fire still under investigation, state police say

State police continue to investigate the cause of a fire that destroyed the Grantville Restaurant in East Hanover Township.

Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police official, said Thursday there was no new information to release on the Dec. 30 fire.

It caused an estimated $2 million in damage, Hicks said before. The intense fire also reached four alarms and required a response from firefighters in various parts of Dauphin County.

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Flames coming through rooftop vents Fire damages downtown Greenville restaurant

The fire at Wild Wing Cafe in downtown Greenville was reported at 9:23 a.m., according to the Greenville Fire Department.

Flames coming through rooftop vents were visible from offices across the street.  The restaurant is in the same block as Barley’s Tap Room, Trappe Door and Luna Rosa.

Greenville Fire Battalion chief Richard Mullinax said the fire broke out in the kitchen in a ruptured gas line in the cooking area.   He said firefighters had to delay briefly until the gas was cut off.  He said once they were able to get inside to fight the fire, it was out within 8 to 10 minutes.

Mullinax said the common attics shared by businesses in the older downtown buildings pose a challenge for firefighters, but in this case, the fire was limited to Wild Wings.  He said Barley’s and other businesses may have some odor of smoke, but should likely be able to operate normally once the fire fighting operation is completed.

Trappe Door and Barley’s will both be open as usual Wednesday by happy hour.

Mullinax said that Wild Wing will be closed for repairs because there is smoke and water damage because the sprinkler system went off and helped keep the fire contained.

West Washington Street was closed between South Main and Richardson streets.

Fire department has given ample warnings of kitchen exhaust-hood risks

The Post and Courier ran a front-page story titled “Hidden Danger,” reporting on the dangers associated with commercial kitchen exhaust hoods that are not cleaned on a regular maintenance schedule by restaurant owners.

I am responding to this story because it missed a number of critical facts and contained information that was not correct.

The most important fact that was ignored is that the fire department has been very active in working with the restaurant community and providing them with information on the requirements of the International Fire Code and the critical need to keep their kitchen hood systems clean to avoid fires.

The International Fire Code (IFC) requires owners, landlords and tenants who run commercial kitchens to routinely clean, service and keep up the exhaust systems of their cooking operations.

This ensures that the exhaust hood operates properly so that their fire suppression systems have the ability to act as designed.

The code also requires that records of cleaning and inspection activities must be kept on site at commercial establishments and available to the fire code official upon request.

Since 2011, the City of Charleston Fire Department has met with about 1,000 restaurant owners and employees about the need for regular kitchen hood cleaning.

These contacts have included training restaurant staff members about prevention and safety, the need to be concerned about grease accumulation, and the dangers inherent in hoods coated with grease Information has been widely distributed to restaurants on King Street, other restaurants in historic buildings on the peninsula, and throughout the city about current code requirements.

We have reached out to local professional organizations for their help in distributing this information to their members.

Our primary focus has been to educate the business owners, landlords and tenants about the requirements and offer the assistance of our fire safety inspectors.

Most importantly, since 2011, when the fire marshal’s office undertook an aggressive approach with restaurants to seek their compliance with the code regulations surrounding the routine cleaning and inspection of kitchen vent systems, we can name only one incident that may have been related to an ignition within the exhaust system of an unclean hood.

The fire at Anson’s Restaurant is still under investigation but at this point, there is no evidence that the fire was caused by grease accumulation on the exhaust hood of the kitchen equipment.

We believe that it is essential to give the public correct and complete information about the proactive steps that have already been implemented by the Charleston Fire Department and our ongoing efforts.

We will continue to work on this important public safety issue through partnerships with restaurants, hood cleaning businesses, and hospitality groups since we all have an interest in the protection of the citizens of and visitors to this remarkable city.

We will continue the aggressive outreach efforts by our fire safety inspectors to have direct contact with owners, landlords and tenants as well as developing a more formal reporting program.

Going forward, we will be working with the city attorney’s office to find if we have the authority to impose additional reporting and other requirements related to commercial kitchen cleaning/inspection programs.

Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Fan Maintenance


We all know the importance of providing our customers with the necessary services to assist them in realizing longevity from their commercial kitchen exhaust fan.

Lubrication of the kitchen exhaust fan bearings during the course of the job is one definite way to provide a genuine service to our customers – and it is a task which involves very little time and effort to accomplish.

Since our work regularly takes us onto the roof or into the mechanical penthouse, it makes good sense to provide the essential services such as bearing lubrication to kitchen exhaust fan while we are conducting operations.

Equally important to providing this type of service to our customers for their kitchen exhaust fan to realize a full life is the application of the correct medium of lubricant, in an amount sufficient to do the job right.

Manufacturers of kitchen exhaust fan type provide either lifetime lubricated (sealed), or lube-able type bearings on their equipment. Due to the higher rotation speeds and elevated temperatures with which this equipment is known to operate, chances are you will encounter the lube-able type more often than not.

The pre-lubricated type of kitchen exhaust fan will generally require no service under normal operating condition for seven to ten years, and then they will require replacement. The greaseable type of bearings will generally not require re-lubrication for the first six months of operation because they are most often lubricated at the factory.

Kitchen exhaust fan shaft bearings are best served by lubricating them with a blue lithium type grease applied with a manual grease gun. Excepting safety hazards, the shaft bearings are best lubricated with the shaft rotating, and the grease gun should be slowly pumped until a slight discharge of grease is observed at the lip of the grease seal.

Because bearings are precision made, the grease fitting nipple should always be wiped off prior to applying the grease gun to prevent forcible contamination of the unit.

Over lubrication will inevitably lead to premature failure of the bearings due to both the excessive volume of grease unseating the grease seals, allowing foreign matter to collect and contaminate the bearings, and elevated operating temperatures caused by friction as the overfilled bearings rotate at high speed.

Certain considerations should be made concerning the frequency of lubrication of shaft bearings. Generally speaking, an exhaust fan operating 12 hours per day would be best served by lubricating two to four times annually, provided the establishment is opened year round, and the above procedures are followed.

Decreasing the schedule should be considered if the establishment is seasonal, or operates fewer hours per day; increasing the schedule may be warranted if the fan is serving a high temperature system such as solid fuel cooking, or operating 24 hours per day.

Prevent accidental over-lubrication, and mixing of different types of greases, and know if the establishment maintenance staff are providing preventative maintenance of the fans regularly prior to your service commencing.

Electrical motors employing ball type bearings may as well be equipped with either sealed bearings or grease able bearings, however, motor bearings are considerably more sensitive and should be maintained only by staff familiar with the application.

Motors with lube able type ball bearings will either be equipped with a grease fitting, or a removable screw for applying grease. Similarly, most will also use grease relief screws which need removal to ease drainage of excessive grease during a 20 minute operating period after lubrication, and then the drain screw requires replacement.

As a general guide only, your average motor sizes 1 /8 to 7.5 horsepower will only need re-lubrication once every 5 years if operated 5,000 hours annually and equipped with lubrication points.

On units with grease nipples, only I to 2 strokes with a grease gun are required on NEMA frame sizes 215 and smaller, 2 to 3 strokes on NEMA 254 through NEMA 365.

If equipped with a screw type fitting, a 2 to 3 inch grease string should be applied to each bearing on NEMA size 215 and smaller, and a 3 to 5 inch string on larger motors. Again, drain plugs should be removed and the motor operated 20 minutes before replacement.

Motors should always be lubricated at a standstill. Their grease fittings must be cleaned before lubing. Also, only use clean grease obtained from a sealed container.

When possible, manufacturers’ recommendations should be followed when selecting the brand of lubricant to use on a motor, and extreme care should be used to ensure petroleum and silicone greases are not mixed.

Because most lubricants will deteriorate motor winding’s, they should never be over lubed!

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