July 23, 2022

A fire inspector will follow up before the restaurant reopens to ensure issues with its suppression system and alarms have been addressed.

A charred deep fryer at an 8th street east restaurant that the saskatoon fire department says caught on fire due to a lack of cleaning. (saskatoon fire department)
A charred deep fryer at an 8th Street East restaurant that the Saskatoon Fire Department says caught on fire due to a lack of cleaning. (Saskatoon Fire Department)

The Saskatoon Fire Department has temporarily closed a restaurant after a deep fryer fire exposed “deficiencies” in the its fire suppression system.

On Wednesday just after 6 p.m., the department received a report of a deep fryer on fire in the 2500 block of 8th Street East, a media release said. People evacuated the restaurant.

Crews used a fire extinguisher designed for grease fires to put the deep fryer fire out. The department says it was brought under control at 6:17 p.m. and a fire investigator was dispatched to the scene shortly after. Damage is estimated at $20,000. None of the employees, occupants or firefighters were injured.

The restaurant’s natural gas was shut off and SaskEnergy asked to inspect the utility service for damage.

An investigation into the fire determined it started in a deep fryer vent due to a lack of cleaning the commercial cooking equipment. A special fire suppression system for the equipment also did not activate to extinguish the fire.

In addition, the fire alarm did not activate and thus did not provide an early warning to people in the restaurant. The department has closed the restaurant for cleanup and it will remain closed until the cooking equipment, fire alarm and suppression system have been repaired, maintained and tested to ensure they are fully operational.

The department says an inspector will follow up before the restaurant reopens to ensure the identified issues have been addressed.

Investigation determined the fire started in a deep fryer vent. (saskatoon fire department)
Investigation determined the fire started in a deep fryer vent. (Saskatoon Fire Department)
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