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After fire, Sawmill Restaurant employees ready to get back to work

Updated: Jul. 8, 2019 at 11:17 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Employees at a popular breakfast spot in Wilmington that was damaged in a fire on the Fourth of July are ready to get back to work.

According to deputy fire marshal David Stone with New Hanover County Fire Rescue, deputies with the sheriff’s office notified Station 18 around 4:35 p.m. about a possible fire at Sawmill Restaurant, located at 5611 Carolina Beach Road, after seeing smoke coming from the building.

Crews with the county and Wilmington Fire Department responded to the restaurant and quickly knocked the fire down.

Sean Franklin, Sawmill’s executive chef, said they’re in a bit of holding pattern while waiting on an insurance adjuster to look over the damage.

“We’re ready. I have the contractors lined up to get to work as soon as the adjustor gives us the green light. The employees are ready to go,” Franklin said.

The fire started around one of the fat fryers and the restaurant’s hood suppression system failed to engage, Stone said.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the immediate kitchen area.

“[The fire] was not as bad as it could have been thanks to the engine crews getting in there as quickly as they did,” Stone said.

Sawmill wasn’t open at the time of the fire, having closed at 3 p.m. for the July 4th holiday.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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