Fire officials say a significant number of Scottsbluff restaurants inspected the past several months have shown some of the same cooking hood fire resistance issues that increased the severity of a restaurant fire earlier this year.
Two months after the blaze at the local Burger King this past April, the Scottsbluff Fire Department decided to conduct inspections at the rest of the city’s restaurants, finding similar issues at five out of fifteen restaurants inspected to date according to Fire Marshal Anthony Murphy.
“The duct work, as it leaves the hood and goes up through the roof to the fan up above, needs to have a fire resistance rating around it, or a substantial distance between the duct work and combustibles such as the roof decking, the trusses, and that kind of thing”, says Murphy. He tells KNEB News in some instances, inspections revealed charring of roofing components near cooking ventilation.
Murphy says business owners can help prevent a fire or minimize the damage if they meet at least the minimum fire codes for existing equipment, new installations, and general fire safety.