A prank call to a Kennewick McDonald’s led to an employee pulling the restaurant’s fire alarm, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
A male called the Steptoe Street restaurant on Dec. 6 and claimed to be a member of the fire department, police said.
The caller told the employee that he was testing fire alarms. He instructed the employee to pull the alarm in order to reset the system.
When the alarm got pulled, chemicals normally used to put out kitchen fires sprayed into the restaurant, police said.
The store had to be closed and police estimate clean up cost about $5,000.
A similar call was made to the McDonald’s on West Kennewick Avenue and a franchise in Oregon.
Police warned that the Kennewick Fire Department will not call businesses to test fire alarms.