Fire destroys Hardee's - Considered a complete loss

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Washington, Mo. – Yesterday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m. Washington Fire Crews responded to the 200 block of Fifth Street for a commercial first alarm with reports of visible flames coming from the backside of Hardee’s.

Fire Chief Bill Halmich said he was the first to arrive on scene and that flames were visible on the backside of the roof.  Employees and customers were exiting the building when Halmich arrived.  When speaking with Halmich he said no one had been injured.

Pictured right: Chief Halmich.

Halmich said, “We pulled the first company in…sent one crew to the back, got the fire knocked down, sent one crew inside to pull ceiling, however the fire had extend over the attic and into the mansard of the roof.”

Halmich said he could tell from the exterior the fire was quickly ripping through the mansard of the roof and a part of the top roof was beginning to sink in, at that point he ordered all crews to evacuate the building.

Halmich said, “Safety first, it was to risky with the top beginning to sink and potential of the roof collapsing.  At that point we went into defensive operations, taking an aerial attack with our ladder truck.”

The building received extensive damaged and is being considered a complete loss.

According to Halmich the fire is believed to have started around the drive through area, however the exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined and is currently under investigation.