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Restaurant Grease Fire Damages Apartment

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WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND- Firefighters have warned food businesses to clean up fat and grease following a fire at a restaurant in Wimbledon.

London Fire Brigade said dirty extraction systems could lead to blazes after Aya Lebanese Cuisine in Merton Road was gutted by flames on Monday.

Twenty-one firefighters tackled the fire, which damaged a flat above the restaurant. A family of three escaped the flat after smelling smoke.

MONDAY: Fire breaks out at Lebanese restaurant in south Wimbledon

A brigade spokesman said: “A family of three were at home in the flat directly above the restaurant when they could smell smoke. Thankfully they all evacuated safely.

“Businesses should make sure their extraction system is kept clean as a build-up of fat and grease within the filters can lead to a fire.”

Restaurant staff were alerted to the fire by a passer-by saw who saw smoke at about 2pm.

Fire crews from New Malden, Purley, Wimbledon and Mitcham attended and had the flames under control by 3.55pm.

Witness Ken O’Connor, whose business is based in Balfour Road, said that fire engines, ambulances and police cars had all attended the restaurant.

He said: “The first we saw of it was in the flue from the restaurant at the back of the building. The flat above seems to have been practically gutted.”

Restaurant Grease Fire Spreads to Office Building in Fort Lauderdale

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Grease Fire Damages Two Ohio Restaurants

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PERRY TOWNSHIP, OH- Firefighters from six area departments battle grease fire at DeMario’s Pizza in Perry Township.

Firefighters from Perry and five other departments were at the scene of a grease fire at DeMario’s Pizza, 1411 Whipple Ave. NW.

The fire broke out just before 5:30 p.m. About 20 people were evacuated from the building and no injuries were reported.

Heavy smoke was coming from the shop when firefighters arrived.

Whipple was down to one lane with Perry police directing traffic.

Both DeMario’s and Michael D’s, an attached restaurant, had smoke damage, according to Perry District Fire Chief Thom Ross.

Two other businesses that share the building — Whipple Cafe and Michelle’s Enchanted Florist — were not damaged, he said.

Firefighters had the fire out within 15 minutes. It was contained to the oven’s hood and ventilation system, which extends toward
the ceiling area and vents out the side of the building.

“It could have been a lot worse,” said Ross.

Firefighters were beginning to clear the scene around 6:30 p.m.

Source: IndeOnline
By Christina McCune

Grease Fire Damages Kitchen of Miami Beach’s Puerto Sagua Restaurant

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Sitting at the counter of iconic Miami Beach restaurant Puerto Sagua several hours after a grease fire raged in its kitchen early Friday, co-owner David Rivero wore a haggard expression on his face.

“I’m numb,” the manager said Friday afternoon, talking over the patter of rain leaking through the hole in the kitchen ceiling where firefighters broke through to extinguish the blaze. Normally at this hour on a weekend, he’d be trying to talk over a bustling dining room feasting on Cuban cuisine. “I got the call at 4 a.m., and I’ve been here ever since.”

One of a few South Beach mom-and-pop establishments that is both a tourist draw and popular mainstay for locals, Puerto Sagua’s kitchen was badly damaged in a fire where no one was hurt. The landmark eatery at 700 Collins Ave. will be closed until repairs are made, which Rivero hopes is within a month.

He didn’t have an estimate for the damage, and he said the cause of the fire is unknown, but the blaze worsened when it reached the grease hood.

A blue tarp draped over the opening in the kitchen’s roof mostly kept Friday’s rains out. In one of the dining rooms, an exquisite painting capturing a moment at a busy intersection in Havana — a woman selling fruit and flowers out of a cart, a crowded bus and a child holding a Mickey Mouse balloon — remained untouched. It has hung there since 1979. It will be taken down and preserved during repairs.

Two other similar art pieces were luckily already in storage due to the recently completed construction of accessible bathroom.

The Rivero family has run Puerto Sagua since 1968. Many of the 45 employees who work at the family-run restaurant have been there for years.

“Some people work here until they die,” said server Janeth Alvarado, a 10-year veteran. Alvarado and many others came by Friday to help clean up.

Meanwhile, regulars and newcomers were disappointed to find the restaurant closed.

“I was looking forward to trying Cuban food,” said Leanne Robinson, 23, who came from The Netherlands to vacation with her boyfriend in Florida for a month. “We walked by yesterday, and it looked busy, so we decided to come back today.”

Fire Department Extinguishes Fire on Boston Road in Wilbraham, MA

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WILBRAHAM- The Fire Department Monday night extinguished a fire at Gregory’s Restaurant & Pizza Pub at 2391 Boston Road.

Fire Captain Peter Nothe said the fire started behind a broiler about 7:11 p.m. It may have been the result of grease buildup, he said.

The restaurant was open for business and had to be evacuated, he said.

He said the owner extinguished most of the fire with a fire extinguisher.

Nothe said there was very little damage to the building, but the restaurant will have to pass safety inspections before it can reopen.

He said the health inspector responded to the scene.

The restaurant was evacuated in an orderly fashion, Nothe said.

There were no injuries, he said.

The Ludlow Fire Department provided backup to the fire and the Wilbraham police station, Nothe said.

Also Monday night the Fire Department responded to a gas grill fire on a deck at 29 Stonegate Circle.

A garden hose was used to extinguish the fire, and there were no injuries, Nothe said.

The Stonegate Circle fire was reported at 8:04 p.m.

Source: MassLive
By Suzanne McLaughlin

Fire Causes Roof Collapse at Carmine’s Restaurant

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AMHERST, N.Y.–  The owners of a local dining mainstay vow to rebuild after a fire caused a roof collapse and destroyed their restaurant Saturday.

Firefighters say they saw heavy smoke rising from the kitchen of Carmine’s Italian Restaurant in Amherst just before 1 p.m. Employees say they were trying to extinguish a grease fire when it spread to the ceiling.

Crews tried to fight the fire from the inside but had to evacuate when the roof collapsed. No one was hurt.

The Carmine’s booth at the Taste of Buffalo carried on business as usual Saturday evening. Family members of the owners say they’re thankful for firefighters’ effort and the restaurant is far from finished.

“You take as many precautions as you can, like in any field. However, sad situations do happen, and you just grow from them. And Carmine’s is going to back stronger than ever, and we’ll be back here at Taste of Buffalo next year, and we look forward to everyone’s support,” said Theresa Wicher, whose husband is the restaurant’s chef and who was volunteering at the Carmine’s booth.

Investigators are still searching for the exact cause of the fire.

Kitchen Fire Closes Fort Myers Restaurant

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- A local business is shut down after fire sparked in the kitchen.

Right now, Kingdom Buffet on U.S. 41 near Page Field is closed. The fire department says the restaurant was grilling duck when the stove flared up.

There were about 30 people inside Kingdom Buffet when the fire alarm started going off.

The fire department tells WINK News, the kitchen fire began when the stove flared up and then caught the hood system on fire.

Everyone inside the restaurant was forced to evacuate, including Skyline Chili next door.

A bystander said he could see the flames shooting about 6- 8 feet in the air and another person said Skyline Chili filled with smoke.

Skyline Chili has reopened, but firefighters say the Chinese restaurant will be closed for awhile.

US Capitol Evacuation Blamed on Faulty Kitchen Fan

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Washington — Police briefly evacuated hundreds of workers and tourists from the U.S. Capitol and its adjacent visitors’ center on Tuesday in a problem officials tentatively blamed on a faulty exhaust fan in a visitor center kitchen.

“There are no signs of smoke or fire,” said Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police. Within an hour after alarms had sounded, employees returned to the building and tourists were readmitted shortly after that.

In an email to congressional workers from Capitol Police, officials said two alarms were triggered in the visitor center, which they said was apparently caused by “a known problem with environmental controls with the kitchen exhaust fan.” It provided no additional detail.

Lawmakers are in recess this week for the weeklong Memorial Day break.

The evacuation occurred two days after a bomb squad destroyed a pressure cooker found in an unattended, “suspicious” vehicle on the National Mall near the Capitol and the vehicle’s owner was arrested. Almost six weeks earlier, a Florida man was arrested after he flew his gyrocopter through restricted air space and onto the Capitol grounds.

In Tuesday’s incident, police cleared the East Lawn and closed First Street between the Capitol and the Library of Congress until the buildings were reopened.

Fink Arthur, a 28-year-old tourist from Freiborg, Germany, said he was with a tour guide and initially was told it was probably just a test, but then the guide led people out of the building.

Denise Grandits of Buffalo, New York, said she and 70 eighth-graders were touring the Capitol and heard the alarms. She said the guide escorted them out of the building.

“We just walked. It was pretty calm,” she said.

According to the police email, officials initially thought one of the two alarms that were triggered was in the Capitol and they began evacuating that building.

In a moment of confusion, police advised people in the Capitol a short time later that they could remain inside because the alarms were not coming from that building. They reversed themselves again minutes later and resumed evacuating the Capitol.

The email said once officials determined both alarms were in the visitor center, they decided to continue emptying the Capitol “to ensure staff and members did not receive conflicting information.”

Source : New York Post
By : Associated Press

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