Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Palatine responded about 10:07 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021 to a report of a fire in the kitchen at Burger King, 75 West Northwest Highway in Palatine.
Firefighters arrived four minutes later to find smoke showing from the roofline and evacuation at Burger King. Initial responding crews met with the employees who reported a fire in the kitchen. The initial fire crew quickly investigated and
found a fire involving a commercial fryer. Fire crews activated the commercial fire suppression system to extinguish a majority of the fire. Multiple fire extinguishers were also used to aid in extinguishment of the fire.
“The Palatine Fire Department reminds everyone to have an escape plan, practice it, and be prepared to use it in the event of a fire, and do not delay exiting the building. Keep a working ABC fire extinguisher in the kitchen area for use with cooking fires.”
— Palatine Fire Department
Additional crews searched the building and confirmed there were no victims while other crews checked the roof and above the ceiling spaces for hidden fire. Firefighters also provided ventilation for smoke and toxic gases for some time
after that. The fire was declared under control at 10:15 a.m.
No civilians or firefighters were injured in the fire. Due to smoke and fire damage, the business will remain closed until cleanup and repairs are completed. Damage estimates were not available at the time of the fire department press release. The fire was investigated by Palatine Fire Department Investigators and ruled as an accidental fire in the commercial fryer, which was in use at the time of the fire.
The fire was fought by 26 firefighters, staffing six engines, one ladder truck, and three ambulances, which responded to the scene along with four command officers. During the incident Palatine Rural Fire Protection District and Rolling Meadows Fire Department provided engines to the scene. Palatine Police officers assisted at the scene with traffic and crowd control.
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