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Stovetop fire damages Smokin' Oaks Barbeque

A stovetop fire extended to the roof at Smokin' Oaks Barbeque on Boundary Street before it was extinguished Thursday afternoon.

“Crews were on scene, identified the problem and had the fire extinguished within five minutes,” Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department Capt. John Robinson said in a news release.

Firefighters had to cut into the roof to ensure the fire was out, the release said, and the building suffered some damage. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.

“Cooking safety is an important aspect of commercial kitchen operations,” Fire Chief Reece Bertholf said. “Training on what to do and when to do it in an event of an emergency is available through our public education and fire prevention division.”

Training can be scheduled by calling 843-525-7055.

The department was assisted by the Burton Fire District, Beaufort County EMS and Beaufort Police Department.

“Sometimes, when the first emergency happens, successive emergencies occur in quick order,” Bertholf said. “Thanks to plans already in place, two medical emergencies and another call for a possible dumpster fire at the Burger King on Boundary Street were handled automatically by backup units from the Burton Fire District and Beaufort County EMS.”

The second fire call at Burger King was described as minor and handled quickly by the unit from the Burton Fire District, the release said.

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