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Sprinkler System Activation Prevents Spread of Morning Grease Fire at Ocala Restaurant

By OCALA FIRE RESCUE, Correspondent | December 22, 2021 | FLORIDA

Story No. 122821113

(OCALA, FL.) Dec. 22, 2021 – A working sprinkler system’s activation prevented the spread of a grease fire that broke out at a Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, 10 S. Magnolia Ave., on Dec. 22.

Ocala Fire Rescue’s Engines 1, 3, and 5, Rescue 3, Tower 1, and Battalion Chief 22, responded to reports of a structure fire at 7:21 a.m. Upon arrival, crews were advised that the fire was in the smoker room in the back of the restaurant.

Making their way to the rear of the building, firefighters found flames coming from the smoker and an active sprinkler keeping the flames at bay. Using a water can, crews extinguished the fire.

“The fire started as a result of grease buildup in the cooking equipment,” said Captain Anthony Ortiz. “The sprinkler system controlled the fire to the area of origin until fire crews arrived to smother residual flames and eliminate potential fire extension.”

No injuries were reported.

Ocala Police Department also responded.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.