The Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 3006 Anderson Avenue at 11:27 a.m. on Thursday. Upon arrival, crews found smoke showing from an HVAC unit on the roof of Wendy’s Restaurant. The fire was contained within 20 minutes, with firefighters remaining on the scene for several hours overhauling the blaze.
The Fire Department reported that a total of 17 firefighters responded on six fire trucks with the last units clearing the scene about 3:30 p.m. All customers and employees evacuated prior to the arrival of the Fire Department. One westbound lane of Anderson Avenue had to be closed for about one hour.
The building is a one-story fast food restaurant that was open for business when the fire began. The building sustained considerable damage and will be closed for an unknown amount of time. The loss is estimated at $75,000 to the structure and $75,000 to the equipment, contents and food. The owner is listed as Tigerlily Properties LLC of Rancho Santa Margarita, California.
The cause of the fire appears to be accidental in nature, starting in the HVAC unit on the roof.
Manhattan firefighters responded to a blaze at the Wendy’s Restaurant at 3006 Anderson Avenue at 11:27 a.m. Thursday.
Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kaus confirmed there were no injuries, and the cause and damage estimate are still under investigation. The blaze was extinguished.
Kaus indicated where the fire is pictured, it is coming out of a vent by the HVAC unit on the roof of the structure. ( Photos courtesy of Manhattan Fire Department Facebook page )