While many were enjoying time with family and watching the Christmas parade in downtown Elkin, members of local fire agencies were responding to two fires during the afternoon.
The agency was dispatched to the first of these incidents at about 1:43 p.m., reported as a grease fire in the kitchen of the Burger King restaurant, 1402 N. Bridge St., according to a new release from Elkin Fire Department, which was primary responder on the call.
Shortly after the beginning of the Elkin-Jonesville parade, departments were dispatched to a mobile home fire, also in Elkin.
“Firefighters arrived within four minutes and made quick work of the blaze, controlling the fire within seven minutes,” said the release of the Burger King incident. “The buildup of cooking grease in the vicinity of the restaurant’s deep fryers was noted as a significant factor in the fire, as this combined with the arrangement of the kitchen’s fixtures kept the restaurant staff from successfully extinguishing the fire before the fire department’s arrival.”
Elkin Fire Chief Mike Morton said, “Whether a residential kitchen or a commercial one, fats and greases pose a significant fire danger.”
The release explained deposits of those fuels can aid rapid ignition and fire spread, and the blazes can be difficult to extinguish without the proper resources.
“Elkin bravest were subjected to a difficult fire of their own when they were summoned at about 3:27 p.m. Sunday to a mobile home park in the vicinity of 158 Luxbury Lane for a reported structure,” noted the release. “Abandoning the Elkin/Jonesville Christmas parade to respond to the incident, arriving Elkin firefighters found heavy fire and smoke penetrating through the windows and doors of a mobile home within the park.”
Assisting Elkin were firefighters from Arlington Fire and Rescue and West Yadkin Fire Department, and the fire was brought under control within 18 minutes of arrival on scene.
No injuries were reported in the incident, and the family, who lost nearly all of their belongings, were not home at the time of the fire. The American Red Cross offered its support to the family.
In addition to fire crews, member of the Elkin Rescue Squad and Surry County EMS assisted on the scene, and firefighters with Pleasant Hill and West Yadkin fire departments provided standby coverage for Elkin and Arlington during the incident.