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Firefighters battle blaze at south suburban Burger King

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Updated: June 28, 2012 8:38AM

A fire broke out at a South Chicago Heights fast-food restaurant Wednesday night, causing more than $1 million in damage.

Firefighters got the call about 7:40 p.m. of a fire at a Burger King restaurant at Chicago Road and West Sauk Trail, according to a South Chicago Heights firefighter.

South Chicago Heights Fire Chief Larry Nardoni said the fire caused more than $1 million worth of damages.

Three employees and two patrons were inside the fast-food restaurant when the fire was reported, Nardoni said. While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, early reports indicate the fire began in the food preparation area, Nardoni said.

The fire was struck out by 10:08 p.m., according to the firefighter. No one was hurt, though people were in the building when the fire started.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with heat exhaustion, but it was unclear if he had been released as of 11:15 p.m.

A portion of Chicago Road was shut down while firefighters were at the scene, the firefighter said, but the road was open.

The state fire marshal is expected to investigate, the firefighter said.

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