By Bob Allen

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Customers inside a busy restaurant in Robinson Township were forced to evacuate when fire broke out there Saturday evening.

The fire sent crews from Robinson Township, Moon Township and North Fayette to the Golden Corral restaurant around 6 p.m.

A group of about 70 people were in the dining area when the fire started.

“Saw a little bit of smoke and then looked up again, ‘Oh, there’s some more.’ At about that time, somebody hollered, ‘Let’s get out of here,’” Glen Sparbanid said.

Black smoke could be seen coming from the building and firefighters believe it may have started in a boiler room.

“Found the fire to be in the back, in and around hot water tanks and stuff like that. Looks like there might have been some things stored there,” Moon Run Fire Chief Paul Kashmere said.

There was no major damage to the dining area of the restaurant.

Owner Bridget Whalen is thankful that everyone was able to get out of the restaurant safely.

“Very happy because we had a completely full restaurant. We had lines out the door,” Whalen said.

The restaurant’s water and electrical systems will need to be repaired after the fire.

Once they get final approval from the Health Department, the restaurant should reopen in about a week.


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