Fire closes Soldotna McDonald's

Restaurant set to reopen this morning

Posted: Friday, November 08, 2002

The Soldotna McDonald's was expected to reopen this morning after a grease fire late Wednesday night closed the restaurant.

No one was injured in the fire. Damage was estimated at $50,000.

The fire started in a deep-fat fryer at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, while five employees and one customer were in the restaurant, said franchise president Scott Cunningham.

Central Emergency Services fire investigators said the most probable cause of the fire was a malfunction of the fryer.

CES responded with three fire engines, a medic unit, a ladder truck, a rescue truck and three command vehicles and contained the fire within 19 minutes.

Fire damage was contained to the fryer and the ventilation hood system above it and to adjacent metal cabinets.

Cunningham said the restaurant employs 45 people at this time of year, and he did not expect employment to be affected by the fire.

"We've got employees here right now helping clean up," he said Thursday morning.

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