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McDonald’s closed for the day after fast food workers discover fryer fire

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Posted at 7:08 AM, May 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-19 07:08:22-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – The McDonald’s at 9210 Midlothian Turnpike (near Pinetta Drive) is expected to reopen Tuesday after a kitchen fire early Monday morning. The fire was reported about 4:30 a.m. when workers saw smoke coming from a fryer and called 911.

“When we arrived we had heavy smoke conditions. Fortunately [the workers] had evacuated very quickly and were meeting us in the parking lot,” Chesterfield Fire Department spokesman Matt Coffin said. “We were able to get [the fire] under control very quickly.”

Coffin said while the fire was considered small, there was potential for a bigger danger.

“Given the amount of grease used for daily operations and the flammable properties of that grease, there was potential to create a very large fire which would extend up and out into the rest of the building,” Coffin said.

No one was hurt in the fire which remains under investigation.