A plume of smoke rose from the top of John Cowley & Sons restaurant shortly after 5:30 p.m. Friday, as the result of a kitchen fire that traveled up a vent to the roof. Photo credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
Police blocked northbound traffic on Farmington Road at Grand River, as well as vehicles headed east on Grand River at Farmington Road. A large semi truck pulled across Grand River to keep westbound traffic away from the area.
Farmington Public Safety Director Bob Schulz said the first crew that arrived quickly knocked down the fire, but had to remove a portion of the roof to get to the vent. The vent was so hot, he said, that it took some time to cool it down with water.
Schulz said he anticipated traffic would continue to be re-routed into the early evening. There was no serious structural damage to the building, he said.
Farmington Public Safety requested mutual aid to help contain the area, and two Farmington Hills Fire crews and vehicles responded.