FIRE MARSHAL: McDonald's Fire Investigation Closed

The Jacksonville fire marshal says the case is closed and the cause is undetermined in a fire that destroyed a McDonald's restaurant May 5th.

Fire Marshal John Reed says while the cause is undetermined, he does know it started above the electrical panel in the storage area of the store.

Reed says the fire is not suspicious in nature.

He says McDonald's is self-insured and will not be filing a claim as the store was set to be demolished in the coming days.

No one was injured in the blaze.


There's new information about Tuesday's fire that destroyed a McDonald's restaurant in Jacksonville.

Fire Marshal John Reed tells WITN that right now he does not believe the fire on Highway 17 is suspicious.

The restaurant was set to be closed on Sunday and demolished to make way for a new McDonald's.

Reed says they are continuing to follow up on a few leads and interviewing several witnesses.


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Fire Tuesday morning destroyed a Jacksonville McDonald's restaurant.

The restaurant at the corner of Highway 17 and Georgetown Rd. in Jacksonville was fully engulfed in flames, officials say.

Ironically, the restaurant was scheduled to close Sunday and be demolished in two weeks to make way for a new McDonald's at the same site.

Police tell WITN they were called around 6:30 a.m. and found smoke billowing from the back of the restaurant.

Dense smoke from the fire blocked several lanes of traffic on Highway 17.

The fire department says while the restaurant had sprinklers, the blaze broke out above the sprinkler system, in the ceiling.

The roof of the building has fallen in, making it too dangerous for fire crews to enter the restaurant.

Officials believe the fire began in the office area, somewhere between the ceiling and the roof.

All employees made it out safe and there were no injuries.


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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 13, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    This will give the cops more time to go after those criminals who have committed other crimes. To WGAF of Jacksonville, you are not the only one who has received blood poisoning from a McDonalds, I had that happen to me from a McDonalds in West Raleigh one time and also in Plymouth one time. I have had it happen to me twice and I will NEVER invest another penny in a McDonalds ever again. Glad the employees made it out of the fire ok though and feel bad for them knowing that they have at least a temporary loss. By the way, this really FIRES me up.
  • by jdjfj Location: 28546 on May 6, 2009 at 07:04 PM
    how con that be true
  • by WGAF Location: Jacksonville on May 6, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    Glad it burnt down, My daughter and I got food poisoning from that place on Monday night was sick in bed all day yesterday only to find out last night that this place burnt down.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 6, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    I haven't been in McDonalds in 25 years since they were activists in the "Food and Water" organization. No love lost there. Glad employees are OK.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    Cap and trade. Obama will figure out a way to charge them for the emissions resulting from the fire and emissions from the fire equipment. Glad no person was injured.
  • by just Location: me on May 5, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    i had not heard it was closing anytime. and i went there at least 4 times a week!!
  • by MC on May 5, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    I said CRISPY chicken not BURNT chicken! I am sad for those that lost their jobs because of this. But it is a little strange that it caught fire 10 days before it was scheduled to be torn down.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    So very thankful to hear that no one was hurt or injured.
  • by Happy Cat Location: Cherry Point on May 5, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    Sorry to see it burn...was my first real job as a teen and met my husband working there (20 long yrs ago) Glad I got mine to go!!
  • by Just a girl Location: wmst on May 5, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    wow I didn't know it was suppose to be torn down,,,yeppers thats money gained not lossed.
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