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Fire causes only minor damage at Dairy Queen

March 18, 2015
By KATHY JONES ( , Pine Island Eagle

Fire officials are continuing their investigation into a fire that did minor damage to the island Dairy Queen.

Cheryl Buechler, manager of the Dairy Queen restaurant on Stringfellow Road, got a call at 8:55 p.m., Monday, March 14, from an employee of Circle K who had previously worked at Dairy Queen. She was informed that there was a fire on the property.

The store is equipped with security cameras so Buechler logged on to those and at the same time called the store. The employee who answered was very upset, yelling at people there to get out of the building.

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Damage caused by the fire March 14 at the island Dairy Queen. Officials believe the blaze was started by a discarded cigarette.


Buehler then learned that the fire was in the back of the store but was not told whether inside or outside. She saw on the security camera for that area of the store no indication of fire so believed it to be outside, which was confirmed when she arrived.

Although no cause for the fire has been firmly determined, the fire marshall who interviewed Buechler indicated it was probably a cigarette.

"We have a wooden fence in between the drive through and back of the store. If someone at the drive-through discarded a lighted cigarette and it landed against the fence, it could have ignited."

Damage was limited to a portion of the fence and some furniture in the employee outdoor sitting area.



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