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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Overnight fire damages Long John Silver’s restaurant

  • An overnight fire inside the Shawnee Long John Silver’s restaurant caused interior damage that will temporarily close that restaurant until repairs can be made.
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    An overnight fire inside the Shawnee Long John Silver’s restaurant caused interior damage that will temporarily close that restaurant until repairs can be made.
     
    Shawnee firefighters battled frigid temperatures to get that fire under control quickly inside, with water turning to ice as they battled the blaze during overnight temperatures in the teens.
     
    Fire Chief David Short said a passerby noticed black smoke coming from the restaurant about 12:53 a.m. Wednesday; the restaurant was closed so no one was inside.
     
    Fire crews, dealing with some ice left on city streets, responded to the scene within four minutes, Short said, and quickly made an interior attack on the fire through the front door.
     
    The chief said fire crews made an outstanding stop of the fire and were able to contain it to the kitchen area.
     
    As quickly as they doused the fire, water runoff was turning to ice, causing some firefighters to slip and fall, according to a report by Incident Commander Denis Taron, although Short said no injuries were reported. Police blocked Harrison Street as water runoff was quickly turning into ice on the roadway, Short said.
     
    “As soon as water was hitting the ground, it was freezing,” the chief said.
     
    Short, who said there was significant damage to the inside kitchen area and the restaurant, said there's not much isn’t visible from the outside.
     
    “There’s not much structural damage,” Short said, adding there’s mainly cosmetic damage inside.
     
    Fire reports are estimating the damage at about $30,000, he said. Cause of the blaze is under investigation, although the chief said it appears to possibly be related to an electrical vent issue.
     
    Fire crews were on the scene until nearly 4 a.m.
     
    Watch for updates.
     
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