An accidental kitchen fire heavily damaged Stroud’s Restaurant in north Wichita, authorities said.
An employee inadvertently left a burner on with a pan on it in the kitchen of the restaurant at 3661 N. Hillside, Wichita fire Capt. Stuart Bevis said. The resulting fire was reported at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.
It took fire crews more than two hours to get the fire out. Firefighters finally left the scene shortly before 12:30 a.m.
Damage to the restaurant and its contents was set at $200,000, Bevis said.
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Manager Kevin Allis said Thursday that apart from damage to the kitchen, the restaurant is intact.
Stroud’s will need new kitchen equipment and minor repairs to the ceiling, but the repairs can be made without having to remove parts of the roof, Allis said. A cleanup crew was on its way Thursday afternoon.
Allis said officials are still looking into the cause of the fire, but he doesn’t expect any foul play.
“We’re just very fortunate the fire department responded so quickly,” he said. “They saved our restaurant.”
While Allis had to move or reschedule dinner-party reservations for Friday and Saturday, he said the restaurant could reopen in two weeks.
“We’re very optimistic,” he said. “We’ll be back to selling pan-style chicken very soon.”