Grease Fire Rips Through Pantry Diner

Officials said the fire started because an oven was left on overnight.

An early morning fire ripped through the roof of the on Monday, and officials said the cause was an oven that was left on overnight.

According to John Thorp, 1st assistant chief of the Rockville Centre Fire Department, units responded to the call around 2:40 a.m., and arrived to see 20-foot flames shooting up from the diner's roof. He said the fire started in the kitchen, where an oven had been left on overnight. Grease in the air ducts caught fire, he explained, and since those ducts lead to the roof, the fire traveled through them to the diner's roof.

Thorp said the eatery's Ansul system — a fire suppression unit utilized to protect kitchen equipment from fire — extinguished a lot of the flames inside the diner's kitchen, however, the flames melted a significant portion of its interior. "The stuff in the kitchen would be unrecognizable to most people," Thorp said.

The fire was under control within an hour, he said, and there were no injuries sustained. Four neighboring departments assisted in extinguishing the blaze.

Thorp said the kitchen was extensively damaged, as was the roof. The rest of the diner suffered water damage, he said.

Juan Boria December 03, 2011 at 04:05 AM
My wife and I are very sorry to hear about the extensive damage to the diner. We have been coming here for years now and have not found a replacement in the interim. The insurance should have crews there repairing the diner speedily. whats the delay? Thank God no loss of live occurred.
jim lewis December 14, 2011 at 09:53 PM
I am from east-central Georgia. My wife and I visited our neice in Oceanside back in August. I am an early riser and I found myself at the Pantry Diner for breakfast every morning for the 5 mornings I was there. The food was great and the staff could not have made me feel more at home. I hated hearing about the fire and I hope the diner will reopen soon. Sincerely, Jim Lewis
Jeff March 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Any update as to when repairs/renovations will begin and when the expected reopening is?
Samantha G May 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Do you know when the pantry diner will be opening back up.?
RUSS May 11, 2012 at 12:51 AM


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