Fire destroys equipment at Preston McDonald’s

A branch of McDonald’s in Preston city centre faces the prospect of a lofty equipment bill after suffering a major fire at its premises.

Management at the Friargate branch are aiming to get the outlet re-opened by June but expect the cost of the repair work to reach a six-figure sum.

The exact cause of the fire, which took place at the end of last month, has still not been established although an incident notice on the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s website said it involved a deep fat fryer.

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As well as destroying parts of the kitchen, the blaze spread though the ducting and damaged the roof of the building.

The franchise is run by Nigel Dunnington and he told the Lancashire Evening Post that the dining area would be replaced and the “majority” of the kitchen would also need new equipment.

“It appears the fire started at the back of the kitchen and the flames were sucked up through the ventilation system we have and into the roof,” he said. “It will end up with a complete re-fit being required, although we are still looking at if there is anything we can salvage.”

The restaurant, which employs around 60 staff, only underwent a refurbishment four years ago.

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