Restaurant Worker Helps Extinguish Cigarette Fire in Metropolitan Square

Flames erupted in front of an empty storefront in downtown Des Plaines on Monday.

When Ryan Hammons, 32, of Arlington Heights, arrived at work shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday, he found a small fire producing a cloud of smoke in front of an empty storefront near the restaurant where he works in Metropolitan Square. Hammons’ manager asked that the name of the national chain not be included in the story due to corporate policy.

Hammons, an associate trainer at the Des Plaines restaurant, said while he had been trained how to put out fires in previous positions, this was the first fire he tried to extinguish.

“I looked over and saw [the fire], and ran into [the restaurant] to get an extinguisher,” Hammons said.


The first extinguisher Hammons brought outside didn’t work because it needed to be charged, so he dashed back to the restaurant and returned with a second extinguisher.

After Hammons discharged a light yellow powder from the extinguisher onto the smoldering ground, arrived on the scene, and doused the fire. Duane Owen, lieutenant, and Dave Bedrich, paramedic, said the fire was likely caused by a cigarette, which they said was still burning when they arrived.

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Amanda Hammons April 10, 2012 at 04:26 AM
That's my hubby, way to go Ry! Atleast you did something about it, unlike everyone else who just stood around as if it were a bonfire! - Amanda
Robi Schnetzer April 10, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Wonder what resturant it coukd have been? So many choices in Metrofailure Square. Any who great job bythat guy who out it out. A true arlington Heights citizen.
Robi Schnetzer April 10, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Amanda, if you lived in Des Plaines you would know why everyone stood around. That being said, your man did a good deed and i am not taking anything away from him. Good people do good things.


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