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Fire Burns Downtown Greenville Wild Wing Cafe

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Courtesy Sherrie Turner Courtesy Sherrie Turner
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Fire crews contained a fire at Wild Wing Cafe on West Washington Street in downtown Greenville Wednesday morning.

An employee called 911 just before 9:30 a.m.

By the time firefighters got to the scene, they could see flames shooting out of the vents on the roof.
 
Greenville City Fire Inspector Tito Dendy said, believe it or not, that was actually a good sign.
 
“The fire did get up inside of the vent shaft, which is where it needed to go," said Dendy.
 
That's just one of a lot of things that went right Wednesday morning, helping firefighters keep the flames contained.
 
Even though the gas line that feeds Wild Wing Café's cookers ruptured, fire sprinklers helped keep the fire contained to the kitchen until firefighters could extinguish the flames.
 
Dendy said not all the restaurants you eat in have to have those sprinklers.
 
“Not necessarily sprinklers, but they're definitely required - if they're doing any kind of cooking - they're definitely required to have a suppression system, whether that be a sprinkler system or a hood system," said Dendy.
 
Those suppression systems get checked out during every restaurant's annual fire marshal inspection.
 
Wild Wing was up-to-date. They were just inspected in January.
 
Some of the older buildings downtown do not have firewalls. They're not required to. But Wild Wing did, and that helped keep the fire from spreading to neighboring restaurants.
 
“The restaurant business, you lose a lunch, you lose a dinner, it hurts," said Josh Beeby, who owns Barley’s Taproom and Trappe Door, which are right next door to Wild Wing.
 
“I was in a panic and freaked out a little bit, but there's nothing you can do about it," said Beeby.
 
Even though a smoky smell lingered in his restaurants, there was no damage and he was able to open up within just a few hours.
Jenna Troum
Jenna is a general assignment reporter covering Greenville, Pickens and Laurens Counties.
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