Dover, NH – Restaurant fire held down by sprinkler system; Eatery reopens following day

A minor fire at Tucker’s Restaurant in Dover on Sunday night has forced the establishment to close on Monday.  According to Dover Fire Chief Eric Hagman, dispatchers received a fire alarm from the location at 11:33 p.m. followed by a caller from the nearby Applebee’s restaurant who reported heavy smoke in the rear of the building.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived by 11:37 p.m. and found a fire under a canopy outside at the back of the restaurant where it receives deliveries, Hagman said. The building’s sprinkler system also covers that area of the building, which the chief said held down the fire until firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire within about 10 minutes.  “Without the sprinkler system it would have been a much bigger event,” Hagman said.  Some of the food inside the kitchen was exposed to smoke and had to be discarded, he said.

The popular breakfast and lunch eatery, which operates four locations in New Hampshire, opened in early June in the former Uno Pizzeria and Grill. Tucker’s is located near the New Rochester Road intersection with Indian Brook Road.

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