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Sedalia FD responds to fire at Long John Silver's/A&W


No injuries were reported after a fire broke out at a Sedalia business late Tuesday night, March 26.

According to information from the Sedalia Fire Department, Pettis County Joint Communications received a 911 call at 11:06 p.m. for smoke coming from the building of Long John Silver's/A&W, 922 S. Limit Ave. Fire crews were dispatched at 11:09 p.m. and arrived at the scene at 11:10 p.m., reporting heavy smoke coming from the roof.

“First arriving crews forced entry and began an aggressive interior attack on the fire located in the kitchen area,” the information states. “This well-involved fire on arrival had already breached the roof structure. Fire crews found heavy fire throughout the kitchen and roof areas. Additional off-duty crews were called in to assist.”

A total of 19 SFD personnel members responded to the incident.

SFD reports it took fire crews about 25 minutes to knock down the fire, and then an overhaul of the building began. The information states that “due to the nature and age of the building, there was a significant number of hidden fire throughout the building.” The fast food restaurant remained closed Wednesday, March 27.

According to SFD, the building sustained “significant damage” in the kitchen and roof directly above the kitchen area. The building also suffered significant smoke, heat, and water damage throughout the facility.

SFD requested the Missouri State Fire Marshal to assist Sedalia fire investigators in determining the cause and origin of the fire. Information from SFD states the investigators determined the fire originated in the kitchen area. No cause has been determined and the incident is still under investigation.

SFD declared the fire extinguished at 1:46 a.m. and fire crews cleared the scene at 2:38 a.m. The fire marshal and investigators cleared the scene at 3:59 a.m.

SFD was assisted by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, Sedalia Police Department, Pettis County Ambulance District, Sedalia Water Department, power and gas companies, and Pettis County Joint Communications.