Fire destroys McDonald's restaurant in Cassville

Sunday, March 10, 2013 ~ Updated 1:16 PM

The McDonald's in Cassville was completely destroyed in a huge fire that broke out at around 10:40 a.m. this morning (Sunday, March 10). No one was hurt in the blaze.

Firefighters with the Cassville Fire Protection District arrived within minutes and discovered smoke and then flames shooting up through the roof on the east side of the building.

Alvin Tran, a witness on the scene, said he had just ordered breakfast and was sitting down to eat when smoke began filling the restaurant.

"At first it was clear and then it got black," said Tran, who was evacuated from the building along with about 20 other customers and about 15 McDonald's employees.

Butterfield and Exeter fire departments arrived on the scene to assist, and the Monett Fire Department brought their hook and ladder truck to provide an aerial attack on the fire.

McDonald's in Cassville, which is owned by Bill and Walter Mathews, of Springdale, Arkansas, had recently completed a major renovation of the restaurant. A grand re-opening celebration was planned for Saturday, March 30.

The state fire marshal was on the scene by 1 p.m. as firefighters continued to work to control the blaze. The cause of the fire has not determined.

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  • Is there a reason why this story doesn't identify itself as being a historic post. Nowhere that's obvious does it say that it is 3 years old. I took it as a current event as it is among the current events. Can stories like these in the future please label themselves as 'historic' so as to not confuse the reader?

    -- Posted by Dane Ramsour on Tue, Mar 15, 2016, at 8:42 AM
    Response by Jacob Brower:
    Thank you for your comment, Dane. This story started recirculating on social media last week, and we're not entirely sure why. We didn't repost it, but it somehow gained enough traction to make its way into our most popular stories.

    It's a bizarre occurance I don't see happening again, but we will definitely keep a closer eye on it. - Jacob Brower, publisher

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