Dairy Queen closed after two alarm fire

By WEEK Producer

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM CDT

The hot weather has made fighting fires more difficult. Firefighters in Normal had to deal with hotter than average temperatures Thursday morning.

They responded to a kitchen fire at the Dairy Queen on College Avenue at about 9:30 a.m.

Officials say the fire likely started in the grill. It then spread to the ceiling where they had to pull burning insulation out of the roof.

No one was injured, but Firefighters took safety precautions to deal with the temperatures. A second crew was called in so they could rotate personnel out of the fire.

They also left the back of their trucks running for air conditioning and set up a rehab station to stay hydrated and out of the sun.

"Still a really hot day no matter what you do then you throw a fire on top it and all of our gear on and the heat from fire. Its not a good situation but we did everything we could to stay safe," said Matt Swaney, Normal Fire Department Public Information Officer.

Local businesses and the American Red Cross also helped by providing firefighters with bottled water and ice.

Swaney said there was extensive damage to the kitchen and roof was unsure when Dairy Queen will re-open.

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