Applebee’s, located at 289 15th St. West, in Dickinson, is temporarily closed due to a small fire that ignited in the kitchen Thursday morning.
The Dickinson Fire Department received a call at 9:25 a.m. Thursday regarding a small fire that began in the kitchen at the bar and grill. Dickinson Fire Marshal Mark Selle said that the fire escalated behind the stainless steel that is located in the back of the cooking appliances.
“The cause is still under investigation, and we had to get in there and move some appliances around, tear open the wall a little bit and find the source of the fire,” Selle said.
In terms of damages, Selle noted that because of the “exploration” fire personnel had to do to examine the extent of the fire, the stainless steel behind the cooking appliances will have to be redone.
By 9:40 a.m., the fire was controlled and all the flames were extinguished, Selle said.
“We had to do, of course, some more exploration in looking for the seed to the fire and everything else. At about 10:40 (a.m.), we were completed with the call,” he said.
A total of 15 fire personnel and three fire trucks were at the scene for approximately 90 minutes.
“It’s definitely going to be a cleanup process with the water and things we sprayed in there,” Selle said.
Selle concluded these types of fires are rare, and the Dickinson Fire Department only receives calls of this nature once a year or so.
“The requirements of the public systems are that they are maintained every three months and cleaned based on their volume of cooking, usually it’s pretty limited. Most of the time, it comes into failure of some type of equipment but it doesn’t seem that’s the case in this one,” he added.
Currently, Applebee’s is closed for orders until the kitchen is cleaned up. For more information, call Applebee’s at 701-227-8573.