Strip Mall Evacuated: Modesto Donut Shop Fire
A strip mall on Kansas Avenue was evacuated Monday afternoon when a fire broke out at a doughnut shop there.
The fire started in the exhaust system in the kitchen of Donut Deli, said Modesto Fire Chief Alan Ernst.
“It’s a pretty intricate exhaust system that extends all the way up through the ceiling,” Ernst said.
Firefighters used a ladder truck to get on the roof of the businesses where they put a hose down the flue and extinguish the fire.
While there was smoke inside the business, the fire was contained to the exhaust system.
Bakery co-owner Adrian Medina said he and his brother have owned the business for more than 30 years. He said he went up on the roof and tried to turn off the exhaust system before firefighters arrived.