Officials with the Fairhope Volunteer Fire Department said quick-thinking actions by a restaurant employee in addition to the Fire Department’s efforts, ended a small trash fire at the Gumbo Shack Restaurant on Fairhope Avenue Saturday morning.
Lieutenant Lee Cunningham of the Fairhope Volunteer Fire Department told Fox10News, the fire was reported around 11 a.m.. Cunningham said it appeared the fire started in a small trash heap outside the restaurant building, but some of the flames also managed to get inside the structure.
The Lieutenant said a restaurant employee opened a closet close to the bar, saw the flames and grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze. Volunteer Fire Units were quickly on the scene and extinguished the fire both outside and inside the building. The cause of the trash fire is under investigation.
The good news, said Cunningham, is that no one got hurt. He says the restaurant should be open for business later this afternoon. Fairhope Police assisted fire crews with street and traffic control according to a viewer that called Fox10 to report the fire. Fairhope Police Lieutenant Stephanie Hollinghead confirmed police assisted in the fire call.