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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