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IHOP on Ambassador Caffery closed following fire

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Posted at 6:55 AM, Apr 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-29 11:31:20-04

LAFAYETTE, La. - IHOP on Ambassador Caffery is closed following an overnight fire at the restaurant.

Lafayette firefighters responded to IHOP located at 4000 Ambassador Caffery, at 5:17 a.m. to a reported commercial fire, according to Alton Trahan, spokesperson for the Lafayette Fire Dept.

An employee arriving at work Thursday morning entered the business and noticed a fire had occurred overnight. The employee called 911 to report the incident. When firefighters arrived on scene, the fire was out, but smoke filled the seating area. The kitchen sustained major fire damage, Trahan stated.

Fire officials learned that the employees left the business after 11:00 p.m. The camera system in the establishment indicated that a small fire originated around 1:30 a.m. in the kitchen involving a griddle. The hood suppression system activated around 50 minutes later and extinguished the fire. The investigation determined grease ignited within the griddle. Investigators say the employees cleaned the grill before leaving and accidentally left the burner on.

The cause of the fire was ruled an accident.

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