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Naperville firefighters respond to late evening fire at Texas Roadhouse


Above / The Naperville Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Texas Roadhouse, 2856 Patriots Lane on Naperville’s westside. Early Sunday morning notices posted on the front doors said that the restaurant would not be opened until further notice.

At 10:05PM Sat., March 11, the Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received an automatic fire alarm for a business located in the 2800 block of Patriots Lane and dispatched the appropriate single engine response.

While firefighters were enroute to the alarm, a call from the premise reporting a fire on the roof prompted an upgrade of the alarm to a General Alarm response (3 engines, 2 trucks, 2 ambulances, 1 squad, and 2 shift commanders).

In less than six minutes from the initial alarm, the first engine arrived on scene and reported flames showing from the roof of a one story restaurant.

First arriving fire companies confirmed that all patrons and employees in the restaurant had been safely evacuated from the building and initiated fire suppression efforts. A Tower Ladder was placed to the roof of the structure while hose lines were advanced to both the interior kitchen and exterior roof of the restaurant. The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes, however, fire crews remained on scene checking for hidden fire and assisting restaurant management.

Fire investigators on scene determined that the fire originated in the kitchen area of the restaurant and was accidental in nature.

Restaurant will remain closed until deemed safe to reopen

The business will remain closed until it is deemed safe to reopen by the DuPage County Health department and the Naperville Transportation Engineering and Development department. No civilians or firefighters were injured as a result of this fire.

In Naperville, Texas Roadhouse is located at 2856 Patriots Drive, just east of Route 59 off N. Aurora.

Report submitted by Andrew Dina, Deputy Chief of Operations, Naperville Fire Department.

Editor’s Note / During an early morning visit to Texas Roadhouse, notices in the windows at the entrance read “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be closed until further notice. Thank you, Texas Roadhouse Management.”

From the parking lot, no outwardly signs on the building indicate the late evening kitchen fire that damaged the roof.

Hours on Sunday are posted as 11AM to 10PM. The steakhouse will not be open for lunch on Sunday, March 12, 2017, according to Mike Cannistra, managing partner.

“We hope to be open for dinner,” he added, noting the fire was small and contained under the hood, as he waits for visits from the health department and TED to determine the restaurant is safe to reopen.

“The response from the Naperville Fire Department was awesome,” Cannistra added. “Everyone was very helpful. Now we’ll put the pieces back together and plan to open for dinner.”

Cannistra said he would let PN know for certain after the inspection.



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