Did you order your burger flame-grilled? McDonalds evacuated after deep fat fryer blaze

Fire in the kitchens at McDonalds, London Road, Hemel Hempstead. Employee on stepladder trying to help clear the smoke logging. Picture (c) Jim Garnett October 4 2013
Fire in the kitchens at McDonalds, London Road, Hemel Hempstead. Employee on stepladder trying to help clear the smoke logging. Picture (c) Jim Garnett October 4 2013

Diners had their dinner plans cut short yesterday evening after a fire at McDonalds on London Road, Hemel Hempstead.

The restaurant was evacuated at shortly after 5pm following a fire in one of the deep fat fryers in the kitchen.

Nobody was injured, but the restaurant was closed due to heavy smoke logging and police were called to direct traffic away from the scene.

Two fire crews from Hemel Hempstead and one from Kings Langley tackled the blaze, and emergency services left the restaurant at around 6pm.

Hungry commuters may find themselves disappointed this morning, however, as the restaurant still remains closed.

A member of staff said: “We are not open at the moment because there is a lot of cleaning to do.

“We hope to re-open late this afternoon.”