2nd fire in two months; Allentown Burger King closed following fire that began in hood system

2nd fire in two months; Allentown Burger King closed following fire that began in hood system

Allentown,  PA

Burger King

1958 S 4TH ST
Allentown, PA 18103

The City of Allentown conducted an Emergency Response Inspection on 1/19/2021 following a fire at the restaurant. The restaurant also had a kitchen fire on December 20, 2020. Both incidents resulted in a temporary closure of the restaurant.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • This inspection report is in response to a fire that occurred within the hood system on 1/16/2021. Water and smoke damage is
    Present in the facility. The facility’s food service license has been suspended until all systems are operational and clean. Staff
    Had discarded all single service items and food items affected by the damage prior to the inspection. Electric was turned off
    During the incident but was restored to the walk in units within an hour and food maintained proper temperatures. A
    Reinspection of the site must be scheduled prior to resuming operations.
  • All counters and food stations must be sanitized prior to reopening due to smoke and fire damage. Sanitize all food contact surfaces.
  • At the time of inspection the facility did not have hot water. The manager was actively working to restore hot water before the end of the inspection.
  • Floors and sides of equipment around the fryer were covered in debris from the fire and smoke damage. Clean these areas. Pieces of equipment for the hood and other items were stacked on the floor at the time of inspection in order to be cleaned in the three bay sink. Clean these items and then the floor beneath.
Most Recent Inspection Inspection Type In Compliance  
12/20/2020 Follow-up In  
12/20/2020 Emergency Response Out Violation(s) 3
02/03/2020 Regular In Violation(s) 3
06/13/2019 Follow-up In Violation(s) 1
05/07/2019 Regular Out Violation(s) 4
01/31/2019 Type 2 Follow-up In Violation(s) 3


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