News of kitchen fires is fairly and unfortunately common. Consider a recent article for Journal Online titled “Big Response To Small Restaurant Kitchen Fire In Niles.”
Tom Robb of Journal Online writes, “Niles firefighters and police responded to what, at first, appeared to be a large fire in a Korean restaurant, which shut down northbound lanes of Waukegan Road for about 25 minutes during this morning’s (Friday) rush hour. The blaze turned out to be minor. A large cooking pot in the kitchen of the Korean Barbecue restaurant, 741 Civic Center Dr., off Waukegan Road north of Oakton Street, was left sitting over a flame on a stove overnight causing it to catch fire, Niles District Fire Chief Marty Feld said at the scene.
Once firefighters accessed the kitchen, the fire was quickly extinguished. Feld estimated damages, including to a glass door which firefighters broke to access the kitchen, at less than $1,000. Police blocked northbound Waukegan from just after 8 a.m. until about 8:30 a.m. to allow easier access for firefighters responding to the elevated Code 4 alarm, Niles police spokesman Sgt. Robert Tornabene said.”
My Valley News also takes a look at kitchen fires in a recent article titled “Kitchen fire damages Blackbird Tavern in Old Town Temecula.” Trevor Montgomery of My Valley News writes, “A stove fire that reportedly started in the kitchen at the Blackbird Tavern in Old Town Temecula caused damage to the bar and restaurant, according to CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department officials. The blaze, which was contained to a stove and surrounding kitchen area, was reported at 6:48 p.m., Friday, April 8, after someone called 911 to report seeing smoke pouring from the walls of the business. The restaurant is located at 41958 Fifth Street. Twenty-five firefighters from four engine companies and one truck company had the fire under control within 20 minutes, according to Jody Hageman, public information officer for the Riverside County Fire Department.”
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