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    Christmas Day fire damages Hooters restaurant in Pines

    By Vicky Agnew
    Staff Writer
    Posted December 27 2002

    PEMBROKE PINES ยท A Christmas Day fire severely damaged a popular Hooters restaurant in Pembroke Pines and left a lot of hungry customers looking for alternatives to their favorite lunch spot.

    A police officer patrolling near the restaurant at 7990 Pines Blvd. about 10:50 p.m. reported smoke coming from the closed building. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control, said Pembroke Pines Fire Marshal Sam Halpert.

    The cause of the fire was still undetermined Thursday, but manager Mike Wingard said it started in the kitchen. The most severe damage occurred in the kitchen followed by the dining room and bar. Fire officials estimated the damage at $400,000.

    A steady stream of regular customers who had not heard the news Thursday stopped by the restaurant, which has stood on the corner of Pines Boulevard and University Drive for 10 years.

    Several managers were on the scene cleaning up and cheerfully told customers that the restaurant would reopen in a few weeks. One male customer asked to be directed to the closest Hooters in the area.

    Hooters, a national chain, has 310 restaurants in 49 states, including nine locations in South Florida.

    "We're a real popular place -- probably one of the busiest places in Pembroke Pines," Wingard said. "But we'll get up and running real soon. We're going to have a grand reopening."

    Customers Tracy Hall and girlfriend Joanne Galfo pulled into the parking lot and took just a few steps before learning the restaurant was closed. Hall said he and his sons, ages, 14, 15 and 16, are regulars.

    "It's just fun and good food," Hall said.
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    It won't be surprising if the fire actually came from the kitchen. I think this area should be protected from catching fire and have fire detectors. It's not that expensive at all, even I bought an ajax detector for my kitchen just to make sure that my house won't be burned to the ground. It's not that hard to take care of your safety, why do people underestimate it so often?


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