Woodstock restaurant avoids fire disaster
by Michelle Babcock
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Woodstock firefighters responded quickly to reports of heavy smoke coming from Hot Dog Heaven on Main Street in downtown Woodstock on Tuesday. The source of the smoke turned out to be a steamer table that was left on inside the store, but no major damage was done to the business, Fire Chief Dave Soumas said. <br>Special to the Tribune
Woodstock firefighters responded quickly to reports of heavy smoke coming from Hot Dog Heaven on Main Street in downtown Woodstock on Tuesday. The source of the smoke turned out to be a steamer table that was left on inside the store, but no major damage was done to the business, Fire Chief Dave Soumas said.
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WOODSTOCK — The quick response by the Woodstock Fire Department saved a popular downtown restaurant Tuesday night from a situation that could’ve ended in disaster.

Main Street was closed for about half an hour as Woodstock firefighters responded to a report of heavy smoke coming from inside Hot Dog Heaven at 9:18 p.m., said Woodstock Fire Chief Dave Soumas.

“We had a response time of four minutes,” Soumas explained. “We forced entry to the building, and we did find smoke when we got into the building, but no flames.”

Soumas said if the 911 caller had not noticed smoke coming from the closed restaurant, it could have ended a lot worse.

Firefighters found what appeared to be a “steamer table” left on, but no major damage was done to the store, Soumas said.

Hot Dog Heaven was open for business again Wednesday, and Manager Wesley Steely said the Tuesday night fire happened because the automatic shut-off on one of the restaurant’s steam tables didn’t work.

“It basically just melted some plastic inside of it,” Steely said. “They had to do a forced entry to shut it off.”

Steely said there was no major damage done to the building, but part of the steam table would need to be replaced.

Soumas said the fire department used a ladder truck to check the top of the restaurant building for additional damage before leaving the scene and cleared the area within 40 minutes of getting the initial call.

Main Street was cleared for traffic just after 9:45 p.m., Soumas said.

Hot Dog Heaven, at 8558 Main St., sits beside the Chamber at City Center on Main Street.

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