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Albany Fire Department responded to a structure fire of Burger King at 1435 SE Geary Street on July 9, 2016 at approximately 0843 hours. After employee interviews and investigations on scene, the fire has been determined to be an accident. Albany Fire has determined the cause of the fire was gasoline from an overturned gas can in the bulk storage area of the restaurant. Eyewitnesses described the spilled gasoline igniting which more than likely occurred from a pilot light. According to the Linn County Assessor's Office, the fair market value of the building is estimated at 1.1 million dollars.
All employees and customers escaped the fire. One employee was treated on site by Albany Fire Medics.
At 0843 Albany Fire Department was dispatched to a 911 call of a structure fire at 1435 SE Geary Street. Upon arrival Albany Fire found a fully involved fire of Burger King restaurant. All employees and customers were safely evacuated. One employee had injuries and was treated on site by Albany Fire Medics. The fire was determined to be a second alarm fire and mutual aid was requested. Tangent Fire personnel and Lebanon Fire personal responded to assist with fire suppression. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Approximately 35 fire personnel responded and are assisting on site.
Geary Street at 14th Avenue was closed to through traffic and will mostly likely remained closed through the afternoon. Area businesses remain open. The smoke from the fire was significant. Albany Fire personnel are continually communicating with the surrounding businesses to ensure a safe indoor environment for homes and businesses.