Electrical Fire Leaves Its Charred Mark On The Mark Restaurant
Usually Burien’s The Mark Restaurant smells like grilled meat, but Wednesday the smell of burnt wiring hung heavy in the air, due to an electrical fire that caused “about $25,000” in damages (including lost revenue while it’s closed) around 10:30am this morning (March 16).
The Mark is located at 918 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien, and is currently closed while the electrical system is fixed and things are mopped up. The only visible marks we saw while there was to the electrical box, although there was water damage.
“The fire broke out in our main electrical box,” co-owner Debra George told us on the scene as contractors worked all around us. “Four 200-amp services boxes caught on fire. This caused the fire alarm to go off, as well as the sprinklers.”
The sprinklers did their job, extinguishing the fire; but they also left “around two inches” of standing water throughout the entire restaurant, according to George, who added that the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department did a “great job” cleaning up, using squeegees to push water out the doors.
The actual cause of the fire is still unconfirmed, although just before it started workers were installing a new espresso machine. Apparently the burned-out electrical box harkens back several years to the days when the building housed Jim Moore’s. The Mark took the building over in 2006.
George is hoping to re-open “as soon as possible,” but thinks it may not be until this Friday.
Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer was on the scene, and took these pics Wednesday afternoon: