Two Trails Fabulous ’50s Diner on Ossipee Trail in Standish, will reopen in the next couple of weeks, according to owner Gib Douglas.

“I think we should open in the first or second week of December,” said Douglas. “It would be sooner if it wasn’t for the Thanksgiving holiday.”

Last week, a small fire damaged the kitchen of the popular Standish eatery.

At 5:52 p.m. last Tuesday night, four hours after the diner closed, a passing motorist called the Standish Fire Department reporting black smoke exiting the building.

Fire and rescue personnel and vehicles were on the scene minutes later and had the fire out by 6:04 p.m.

“It was caught early and extinguished quickly,” said Brent Libby deputy chief of the Standish Fire Department.

The state fire marshal’s office inspected the restaurant and turned the building back over to Douglas.

The fire started as a result of the grill being left on after closing.

“It started in the grill,” said Standish Fire Chief Martin Jordan. “The knobs were melted completely off leaving no way to tell if it was on high or not. We are not sure exactly what ignited the grill.”

Although evidence has been sent to a lab for testing, the fire is being described as accidental.

“The state fire marshal’s still waiting for lab tests,” said Jordan. “But it does not seem to be suspicious at this time.”

The quick response by the Standish Fire Department may have limited the damage to the business. The fire was contained in the kitchen area where it started and was extinguished within 13 minutes of the call being received.

“They did a hell of a good job,” said Douglas. “They had it out quick.”

On Monday, a cleaning service spent the day reversing the damage from smoke and extinguishing agents.

Douglas still needs to replace the kitchen ceiling as well as equipment that was burned or melted in the fire.

Douglas’s insurance company estimates the damage to be around $40,000.

“Even though it wasn’t an extraordinary fire, the expense can still be extraordinary,” said Jordan.


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