Fire closes Burger King in New Market

A fire on Monday morning forced the evacuation of customers and employees from the Burger King in New Market.

No one was injured, but Bill Streett Jr., deputy fire chief for the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, said the restaurant at 172 West Old Cross Road will remain closed for an undetermined period.

“The restaurant is closed until repairs can be made and until the health department can do a follow-up inspection and make sure their criteria is met to continue food service preparation,” Streett said.

Streett said the overall building is “still in good shape” with most of the damage concentrated in the kitchen and food preparation area.

Streett said the fire began around 6:30 a.m. A store employee discovered it and phoned county emergency communications for help. Streett said firefighters arrived at the scene to find “heavy volumes of smoke coming from the roof area and the restaurant filled with smoke.”

Streett said firefighters managed to bring the fire under control after about half an hour. He was uncertain as to the value of the property damaged or destroyed in the fire.

Streett said the exact cause of the fire is unknown. The fire was confined to the kitchen and food preparation area, he said.

“I would say it had to do with a maintenance issue with the duct system,” Streett said, adding that grease building up around exhaust outlets is a fire hazard in restaurant kitchens.

Firefighters from New Market, Mount Jackson and Timberville joined those from the county in responding to the fire. A rescue crew from Broadway was also at the scene.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com