South Walton firefighters extinguish blaze at fast-food restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach

Sierra Rains
Northwest Florida Daily News

The South Walton Fire District extinguished a fire that broke out at a fast-food restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach Monday. 

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Dispatchers received reports of a structure fire at Hardee’s, on the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and South County Highway 393, about 11:50 a.m., according to a SWFD press release.

Smoke billows from the Hardee's restaurant at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and County Road 393 on Monday.

Thick, gray smoke was billowing from the roof of the building when firefighters arrived. As they entered the building, firefighters saw flames coming from the charbroil equipment in the back of the restaurant, according to the release.

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SWFD units were able to contain and extinguish the fire from inside the building and prevented it from spreading, officials reported. 

South Walton Fire District firefighters clear burned debris from Hardee's restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach on Monday.

Crews continued to clear the impacted areas of burned debris after putting out the flames, SWFD reported. The SWFD fire marshal determined that the fire originated in the duct system of the charbroil equipment and was accidental in nature. 

No injuries were reported. However, the kitchen area sustained moderate damage, according to the release. Restaurant managers reportedly plan to repair and reopen the building as soon as possible. 

As a reminder to the public, the SWFD fire marshal encouraged any business or restaurant owners with fire safety questions to contact the District’s Life Safety Division at 850-267-1298 or by email at lifesafety@swfd.org.