Grease in Duct Work Caused Wheaton Mall Fire

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    Hundreds of shoppers were forced out of the Westfield Mall in Wheaton today after a fire broke out. News4's Darcy Spencer reports. (Published Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013)

    Grease in the duct work of a restaurant apparently caused a smoky fire that led to the evacuation of Westfield Wheaton Mall Saturday.

    The fire, in the duct work of a Crisp and Juicy restaurant, caused about $180,000 in damage, Montgomery County fire officials said.

    One firefighter suffered a minor injury.

    The incident occurred around 11:15 a.m. Fire officials cleared the building of customers and workers as they put out the fire.

    Heavy smoke kept people out of the mall for hours. It reopened around 2:30 p.m.