Fenton Fire Hall Hosts Its Own Fire, Rescued by Former Residents

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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.

The Fenton Fire Hall, downtown Fenton / Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/EatFentonFireHall/

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.

Smoke engulfs the Fenton Fire Hall / Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/EatFentonFireHall/

How ironic, the former residents of the building were called upon to save their historic building and it’s new residents.

Fenton’s firemen save the Fenton Fire Hall / Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/EatFentonFireHall/

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.

Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/EatFentonFireHall/

Minor Damage

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.