Fire damages Swede Gulch McDonald’s

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

The McDonald’s next to Walmart is closed for about a month after a grease fire Saturday morning that damaged the restaurant.

The McDonald’s at 902 Swede Gulch Road is closed for repair and is awaiting inspections to make sure it is up to building and environmental health codes, Evergreen Fire-Rescue Chief Garry DeJong said.

“Any time there is a fire involving a food preparation organization, they must go through more than just regular repairs,” DeJong said. “There are a lot of additional inspections involved.”

Damage was not extensive. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, DeJong said, but the blaze appears to be accidental. Investigators are determining whether, for example, the fire was caused by hot grease that ignited or by a malfunction in the electrical system.

The entry to the restaurant is blocked off with orange cones, and there’s a chain-link fence around the building.

The fire began where the deep-fat fryers are located. Evergreen Fire/Rescue was called about 9:15 a.m.

“The main body of the fire was put out quickly,” DeJong said. “The hardest part was looking to make sure the fire didn’t extend into the walls or the ceiling.”

Foothills Fire and Rescue and Genesee Fire and Rescue also responded to the call.