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Kitchen Duct Cleaning Services – A Dramatic Restaurant Fire, Caused by Grease Build Up

Kitchen duct cleaning services gone wrong. I have been visiting this Gold Coast venue for the last five years, giving them a brochure to encourage them to have their kitchen exhaust system cleaned.

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In March this year the owner called me out and this is what I found. The wok in the kitchen caught on fire. This ignited the hazardous grease in the gutters which then ignited the filter which was heavy with grease.

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An avoidable disaster

The inside of the filter then travelled up the flue whilst on fire ultimately exploding out of the top of the restaurant causing thousands of dollars of
damage. Not to mention the risk to life, limb and livelihood as this restaurant was at the base of a residential building.


Collateral damage in the commercial kitchen was just a disaster at the below picture depicts not to mention the many hours of downtime when the kitchen was not usable because of a lack of kitchen duct cleaning services. Fifteen years in this business I have seen numerous examples of where venues become complacent with their compliance obligations until it becomes too late.

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The outside of the duct


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