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Fire at Wheaton Mall Blamed on Grease Buildup

The fire and mall's evacuation didn't keep shoppers out of the mall, authorities said.

Firefighters respond to a restaurant on the lower level of Westfield Wheaton mall. Credit: Bill Trott.
Firefighters respond to a restaurant on the lower level of Westfield Wheaton mall. Credit: Bill Trott.

A fire at Crisp and Juicy at Westfield Wheaton mall was caused by a build-up of grease in duct work over the cooking area, says WTOP.

The fire began around 11:15 a.m. Saturday, the station says. Firefighters quickly knocked out the blaze and the mall reopened shortly after 2:30 p.m. after large fans were used to clear the mall of smoke.

Authorities told the station damage was estimated at $180,000. A firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Shoppers remained lined-up outside the mall until it reopened, the station said.

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