ST. GEORGE – The St. George Fire Department responded to a report of a possible structure fire on south Bluff Street Tuesday afternoon.
Two fire engines responded to Ricardo’s Restaurant at 1110 S. Bluff St. after employees noticed smoke coming from the dryer portion of a stackable washer-dryer combination. Employees opened the dryer and discovered the interior was on fire, St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said.
Firefighters arrived at the scene and put the small fire out. It was determined the fire was caused by a pile of rags that had been used to clean grills inside the restaurant. Though they had been washed, the rags were still “quite heavily saturated with cooking oil,” Stoker said.
“It looks like spontaneous combustion,” he said.
Fire damage was confined to the dryer. Though employees experienced some minor smoke inhalation, neither employees nor restaurant patrons were injured as a result of the incident. There was no fire or smoke damage to the building proper, Stoker said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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