Fire Marshals Release Details In Today’s I-95 Welcome Center Fire

The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that today’s fire that damaged a Newark, Delaware restaurant was accidental, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the Christiana Fire Company responded shortly before 11:30 am to the Burger King inside the service area of Interstate 95. Firefighters encountered a fire inside the Burger King kitchen. The building was evacuated and the fire was extinguished.

Deputy fire marshals were on the scene and investigated the origin and cause of this fire. The fire erupted in a commercial broiler and ran into the ventilation duct that runs from the cooking equipment through the roof.

Fire damage is estimated at $10,000. There were no reported injuries.

The building will re-open once maintenance staff isolated the damaged areas.

Original Post

Newark – At 11:26 this morning firefighters from across New Castle County responded to the I-95 Welcome Center for reports of smoke coming from the roof.

Upon arrival, crews reported that the Burger King had a fire in the kitchen. As crews worked to extinguish the fire, Command ordered staff and customers out of the building.

Shortly after reporting that all visible fire had been knocked down crews reported that the fire had extended to the roof.

Utilizing Christiana Fire’s Ladder 12 crews made access to the roof and the fire was brought under control within minutes.

State of Delaware Fire Marshals are on scene investigating.

No injuries were reported.

Responding Personnel:
ALS24 ENG12 ENG15 ENG23 ENG32 ENG9 LAD12 LAD28 M2B N198B NA8 NB12 NCOM3 NCOM7 ND12 NE12 NE15 NE9 NL12 NL18 NL28 NR14 NR23 NR8 NSQD23 RES08 RES14 SFM14 STA12

Breaking Report

Newark – At around 11:30 this morning firefighters from across New Castle County responded to the I-95 Welcome Center for reports of smoke coming from the roof.

Upon arrival, crews reported that the Burger King had a fire in the kitchen. Crews are working to knock the fire down.

Reports indicate that the fire may be in the ventilation system as well.

Command has ordered the building evacuated.

We’re working to gather more information.

Developing

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