Fairfield Restaurant Close After Kitchen Fire That May Have Started in Dishwasher: Fire Officials

A Fairfield restaurant is closed after a fire broke out in the kitchen Tuesday night, possibly stemming from a dishwasher, prompting the evacuation of the building.

Firefighters received a 911 call at 9:32 p.m. reporting a building fire at the S&S Dugout at 3449 Post Road in Fairfield. Police and firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke filling the first floor of the building, which has a restaurant on the ground level and an apartment on the second floor.

A resident restaurant employee sprayed an extinguisher on the flames behind the counter in the kitchen to get the fire under control after smelling smoke in the building, fire officials said.

“Quick actions by the residents prevented this fire from growing too large before firefighters arrived to extinguish it and will hopefully allow the business to reopen very soon," Fairfield Asst. Fire Chief Scott Bisson said in a statement.

First responders searched the building and evacuated everyone inside and firefighters put out the rest of the blaze.

No one was injured.

The fire didn't spread beyond the first floor, where there smoke damage was contained.

The restaurant has been closed pending repairs to the damage. Officials from the building and health departments also responded to help out with the investigation.

Southport volunteer firefighters also responded.

The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigations, but preliminary findings by the Fairfield fire marshal's office indicate the fire may have started in a commercial dishwasher.

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