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Wendy’s in the Roth Food Court was temporarily closed on Feb. 17 due to a small fire in the kitchen. (STATESMAN STOCK PHOTO)

Roth Food Court closed earlier today after a small fire broke out in the Wendy’s kitchen.

The fire took place around 11:20 a.m., according to Food Manager Edward Urena.

Urena said the chefs were cooking when oil caught on fire under a hood at one of the stations. Wendy’s employees were cleaning the area following the incident.

“Our fire suppression system went off, so we have to make sure it’s clean,” Urena said.

Angela Agnello, director of marketing and communications for the Faculty Student Association, said that “the building was evacuated and gas service to the kitchen was automatically shut down.There were no injuries or damage to the building.”

Some students, like Mohammad Malik, junior psychology major, were unhappy with the temporary closing of Wendy’s, saying that he and friend Sameer Merali, went to Roth specifically for Wendy’s.

They were not satisfied with the difference in price between the food from Wendy’s and the other food services in Roth. “I was expecting to pay $4, but now I ended up paying $11,” Malik said motioning to his plate.

Starbucks, Roth Regatta Café, S3 Fusion and Roth Market Fresh were open following the incident. Wendy’s re-opened for service around 5 p.m.

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UPD and Media Relations did not respond to requests for comment.

Correction: February 18, 2014
A previous version of this article was published before Angela Agnello, director of marketing and communications for the Faculty Student Association, could be reached for comment. The article was updated to reflect her statement regarding the fire at the Roth Food Court.

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