Fenton, MI — November 11, 2019
The Fenton Fire Hall restaurant has a reputation for being a smoking hot BBQ joint, a restaurant with great food, and a social hangout where you can enjoy drinks with friends and even hang out on the roof overlooking downtown.
Last Friday, that reputation was taken to a new level as smoke literally poured out the building and lunchtime patrons were evacuated. A fire in the ventilation system of one of the restaurant’s grills filled the building with smoke that poured out into the street.
How ironic, the former residents of the building were called upon to save their historic building and it’s new residents.
Constructed in 1938 the “Old Fire Hall” served as the city’s firehouse until moving to their new location a block away in 2002. After sitting empty for a decade, the Fire Hall Restaurant opened in December of 2013. The new eatery became a popular hangout for locals while keeping its firehouse theme and appearance.
Fortunately, the fire was quickly contained and only caused minor damage. A quick clean-up and the restaurant reopened Saturday. Just another page in the history of Fenton and the symbol of first responders that have served the community for a century and a half.