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Grayson McDonald's closes after fryer fire

Feb. 19, 2013 @ 12:50 AM

GRAYSON, Ky. -- A fryer fire Monday at the McDonald's on Carol Malone Boulevard in Grayson, Ky., closed the store until further notice.

Travis McHenry, a sergeant with the Grayson Volunteer Fire Department, said they received word of the fire just before 6 p.m. When they arrived, the restaurant was full of smoke and one of the fryers was on fire.

He said the fire was contained because of quick action of the manager, who used three extinguishers. The overhead sprinkler also kept the fire from spreading, McHenry said. The manager, however, was taken to King's Daughter's Medical Center in Ashland for smoke inhalation.

The fire is under investigation, but McHenry said the fire is believed to have started from a ruptured gas line that wore thin from the fryer being moved for cleaning.

He said the store has smoke damage and would probably be closed for at least two weeks for cleaning.

McHenry was asked if there is difficulty in fighting commercial fires, which happen less frequently than a residential fire.

"Every couple weeks, we pick a commercial building and pre plan," he said. "Know where the fire exits are, gas shutoffs. So when stuff like this occurs, we're prepared."