A fire damaged the kitchen to the Won Kee Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown this morning, shutting down North Beretania Street at the heart of rush hour.
There were employees in the restaurant at the time but no one was injured.
Firefighters responded to the call about 7:57 a.m., said Capt. Terry Seelig, spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department. “It appears to be related to the grease trap,” he said. “It extended up into the hood and ducting for the hood.”
Seelig said investigators are still determining the cause of the fire but there appears to have been grease build-up in the grease trap which contributed to the fire.
The fire was considered under control by 8:06 a.m. although smoke continued to come out of the duct for about 45 minutes, he said.
Damage appeared confined to the kitchen,he said, and the restaurant was unlikely to open today.