Red Lobster plans to restore and reopen the Warren location on Hoover Road damaged by fire on Sept. 4. No timetable was given.

Red Lobster plans to restore and reopen the Warren location on Hoover Road damaged by fire on Sept. 4. No timetable was given.

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Warren Red Lobster damaged by fire, company plans to reopen

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 14, 2020

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WARREN — An overheated appliance may have caused an early morning kitchen fire that damaged Red Lobster in Warren recently.

A Warren Fire Department investigation into exactly what caused the accidental fire officially remained ongoing 10 days after the Sept. 4 blaze at the restaurant on Hoover Road south of 11 Mile Road.

“The alarm came in at 3:29 a.m., and our first engine, Engine 5, responded and arrived at 3:34 a.m.,” Warren Fire Marshal David Evans said. “They found a fire in the kitchen, so there was a lot of smoke and heat damage to the dining room area and the kitchen area. They extinguished it in about five or 10 minutes and then ventilated and looked for any type of extension.”
Evans said it wasn’t necessary to cut a hole in the roof and that the building’s exterior sustained no structural damage. No one was in the building when the fire broke out. No civilians or firefighters were injured, and no damage was reported to any adjacent property.

“The  building was completely locked, and it wasn’t suspicious,” Evans said.

He said the company indicated it planned to repair the damage and reopen the restaurant, which it reportedly claimed was one of the best-performing locations in metro Detroit.

“Our intent is to restore and reopen the restaurant to serve our guests as promptly and safely as possible. We are following procedures with the authorities,” Red Lobster said in a statement emailed to the Warren Weekly.  

The company provided no timetable for reopening.

Evans said a refrigerator compressor could be tested at Red Lobster’s discretion to ascertain whether it overheated and caused the fire.

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