A grease fire that ignited in the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant at 47th Street South and Broadway caused at least $50,000 in estimated damages, a Wichita fire official said Wednesday.
Battalion Chief John Turner said several people called 911 to report the fire at New China Buffet, 4858 S. Broadway, in the center of a strip mall on the southeast corner of the intersection. Fire crews arrived to “a big column of smoke” and flames shooting out of the building’s grease ducts shortly after 4:30 p.m., he said.
Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to neighboring businesses and evacuated about a dozen people – mostly employees – from the restaurant, he said.
The fire was under control in about 15 minutes. No one was hurt, Turner said. The restaurant was open at the time.
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“We spent most of our time on the scene removing smoke,” Turner said. “... We’ll be over there throughout the evening checking for hotspots.”