MARCO ISLAND — Marco Island Fire-Rescue crews responded to a grease fire call at McDonald’s on Collier Boulevard at lunchtime Thursday.
A deep fryer caught fire in the cooking area about 12:15 p.m., causing a great deal of smoke. An employee used a fire extinguisher to control the fire until the firefighters arrived.
No one was injured. Employees and customers were evacuated as firefighters went in with oxygen masks to investigate the fire and large air blowers were being used to clear the restaurant of smoke and odor.
Marco Deputy Fire Chief Chris Byrne said a similar fire in the past caused McDonald’s to close for two days. No estimate was given for how long the fast-food restaurant would be closed because of this fire, which is still under investigation.