More than 20 safely escape roof fire at Burger King in Vandalia

Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 12:57 PM
Updated: Friday, June 08, 2018 @ 7:51 PM

Burger King fire in Vandalia

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m. (June 8):

The cause of fire was due to a vent fan motor that seized up and over heat - which caught fire and spread to the roofing materials, Vandalia fire chief confirmed. 

No dollar loss estimate has been announced, and it is unknown on how long repairs will take. 

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UPDATE @ 1:40 p.m.: A malfunction with a machinery is suspected of causing the fire that has closed the Burger King on East National Road and forced the evacuation of customers and employees, the Vandalia fire chief said. 

A passer-by came into the fast-food restaurant and told employees the roof was on fire, the chief said. 

The more than 20 customers and employees escaped without injury. 

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The chief said the malfunction sent fire to the roof. He could not put a dollar estimate on the damage. 

The location is closed until further notice, the chief said.

Vandalia firefighters remove a piece of mechanical equipment from the roof of the Burger King, on East National Road, where a fire closed the restaurant until further notice, the fire chief said. (Marshall Gorby/Staff)

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are on the scene of a structure fire reported in the kitchen at the Burger King in the 300 block of East National Road. 

The incident was dispatched about 12:40 p.m. and there is word about an evacuation. No injuries have been reported.

Traffic on East National Road is being blocked until further notice.

We have a crew on the way. 

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