WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A fire broke out at a McDonald’s along a busy road Saturday afternoon around 4:30 p.m.
A chaotic scene as cars passed by the McDonald’s on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre Saturday. Crews battled serious smoke billowing from inside the fast food restaurant.
“The fire got up into the walls in the ceiling, burned through some of the roof rafters and through the roof, so there is some quite extensive damage inside.” Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department Deputy Chief Alan Klapat said.
The fire broke out shortly before 4:30 in the afternoon. The smoke was so thick, you could see it for miles. Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department’s special operations truck was called to the scene, bringing in additional personnel. It’s used at fires like this one to refill air cylinders and add extra lighting if needed.
Klapat says seven employees escaped the building unharmed, but the fire severely damaged its interior.
“I anticipate it being closed for quite some time,” Kaplat said.
It took firefighters more than an hour to fully contain the fire. As crews began to wrap up, onlookers were curious about all the commotion beneath the iconic yellow arches that will now remain dark for quite some time.
Kidder Street remained open to all traffic Saturday afternoon despite the working fire.
This Kidder Street McDonald’s was remodeled barely a year and a half ago. A Wilkes-Barre City fire inspector is searching for the cause.