Another week has gone by and another rash of restaurant kitchen fires have occurred. North Coast News takes a look at one of these kitchen fires in a recent article titled “Fire at Northwoods Restaurant destroys kitchen.”
Jeremy Chen of North Coast News writes, “An early morning fire Monday damaged the Northwoods Restaurant at the Tsunami Lanes in Crescent City. The fire engulfed the kitchen area of the restaurant, leaving equipment and other items destroyed. Stephen Wakefield, fire chief of Crescent City Fire and Rescue and owner of Northwoods Restaurant, said the call came before 4 a.m. Monday morning. One of his crews responded and the fire was knocked down swiftly. He believed the fire started from the mechanical workings of the ice machine in the kitchen. Wakefield said the fire was contained in the kitchen area and did not spread outside. He did estimate the fire caused about $50,000 in damages. A battalion chief with Humboldt Bay Fire in Eureka was called to investigate the cause of the fire. Wakefield said that was to clear up any potential conflict of interests due to his ownership of the restaurant. Wakefield said it was fortunate that fire crews were able to respond quickly. ‘I think the volunteer firefighters that showed up that morning did a great job,’ he said. ‘They got right to the fire and got it knocked down. If the fire had gotten up into the attic in this whole building, I think we could have lost the whole thing.’”
The Jamaica Observer also takes a look at a kitchen fire in a recent article titled “Kitchen damaged in Little Hong Kong Restaurant fire.” The author of the article writes, “Scores of onlookers gathered in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, on Wednesday as thick, black smoke could be seen coming from an opening in Little Hong Kong Restaurant’s roof. The restaurant’s kitchen was on fire. The blaze quickly made its way up the vent and to the opening atop the roof, announcing its presence about 3:00 pm. A unit from the Half-Way-Tree Fire Station arrived on the scene and firefighters extinguished the blaze. ‘The fire started in the kitchen and spread upward into the vent. There might be some water damage to the building,’ a district officer from the Half-Way-Tree Fire Station informed OBSERVER ONLINE. The chef, who was working in the kitchen at the time of the fire, escaped unhurt. The fire did not damage Younis Investment, which is located above Little Hong Kong Restaurant , right by the vent.”
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