Kitchen Fire Shuts Down Patterson Avenue Restaurant
VA—A fryer fire shut down a
combination Kentucky Fried Chicken and Long John Silvers restaurant Tuesday
afternoon just before the lunch hour.
A fire broke out in the kitchen of the restaurant at 8810 Patterson Avenue
on April 16; a fryer caught fire with smoke and flames visible. Henrico Fire
crews responded to the scene at 11:16 a.m., and found heavy black smoke
billowing from the roof of the building and the entrance.
The restaurant was evacuated, as crews battled the flames in
the kitchen. The fryer fire had spread to the hood vent system, as well.
The fire was contained within 30 minutes; it is unclear if
the restaurants fire suppression system (sprinklers) were activated during the
Employees told firemen that they discovered the fire under
the fryer, and tried to smother it with a fire extinguisher. They fled the
kitchen, however, when the smoke became too thick.
There were no injuries in this incident. The restaurant will
remain closed until repairs are made and the Health Department has conducted an