In the wake of recent tragedies, kitchen fires have become that much scarier to people. Consider a recent article for CBS New York titled “Small Fire Erupts At Grand Central Terminal; Many Fear Worst After Brussels Attack.”
The author of the article writes, “A small fire broke Tuesday afternoon in the kitchen of Junior’s restaurant in the food court of Grand Central Terminal. As CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported, there was a very large police presence at the railroad depot Tuesday afternoon. While the fire turned out to be minor, many feared the worst following the terrorist attacks in Brussels earlier in the day. The fire broke out at around 2 p.m. Footage from the scene showed thick plumes of smoke emerging from the roof vents of the terminal. Hours earlier, 34 people were killed and 214 people were injured when two explosions hit the Brussels Airport at Zaventem, and a third struck in the city’s Maelbeek metro station. The attack prompted a ramp-up in security in New York City. And the Grand Central fire also sparked worry about a potential terror attack. ‘With that happening in Belgium, it obviously could happen here with the 9/11 and everything,’ said Grand Central passenger Danielle Crook. ‘Yes, it scary.’ Grand Central passenger Kristin Endler said ‘of course’ terrorism crossed her mind. ‘I mean, just reading that this morning, you know, of course, the thoughts of it did,’ she said. The fire turned out to be relatively minor, and limited to the kitchen at the Junior’s cheesecake restaurant in the underground food hall. ‘There were some flames coming out by the kitchen door – it looked like the back section over the grill,’ said Grand Central worker Rich DiBari. ‘It was just engulfed in flames.’ Firefighters poured water into the smoky kitchen and flooded parts of the food hall. But no one was injured and there was no mass evacuation.”
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