The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that Sunday night’s fire at a Sterling McDonalds restaurant was accidental. The damage was estimated at $30,000.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4, county dispatchers received a 911 call from the McDonalds in the Towncenter Plaza reporting smoke in the restaurant. All occupants had safely evacuated. Fire and rescue units from Cascades, Sterling Park, Kincora, and Fairfax County, along with command and support units, were dispatched to the scene.
Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the roof of the two-story restaurant and a light haze inside. There was a fire in the kitchen area and smoke on the second floor. Additional units from Cascades, Ashburn and Fairfax County were called to the scene.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in the kitchen area but then found the fire had extended into the walls.
Investigators determined the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a fryer. No injuries were reported.