On June 25. 2020 the Fort Scott Fire Department was dispatched at 4:16 p.m. to a fire at McDonald’s Restaurant, 2224 S. Main.
911 had numerous calls on the event, Deputy Fire Chief Mike Miles said.
FSFD responded in Engine 1. Deputy Chief Miles, Captain Hutchison, Lieutenant Schafer, Firefighter McGee, Firefighter Carpenter were in attendance.
While en route to the call, heavy smoke could be seen from the Station 1 at 1604 S. National, Miles said.
Engine 1 arrived on scene and found heavy flames and heavy smoke present from the rear of the structure. Firefighters quickly deployed the front jump line off Engine 1 and began extinguishing the flames.
The fire was under control within minutes. The fire spread throughout the entire landscaping area in the drive-thru. The fire destroyed the area and spread to the drive-thru stall #1 and damaged the ordering screen and stand. The secondary drive-thru landscaping and screen were not exposed because the firemen were able to get the flames under control in a timely manner.
Firefighters continued to mop up the hot spots around the vegetation area until all the smoldering was gone, he said.
The crew then checked the interior of McDonald’s with the thermal imaging camera to make sure there was no breach of fire through the walls or foundation and everything on the inside was normal, he said. Engine 1 then cleared the scene and responded to another call that came out during that time.
The fire was undetermined but dry conditions may have played a major factor.