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Prank Phone Call to Kennewick McDonalds Results in Loss of Thousands of Dollars

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A prank phone call to the Steptoe McDonalds store resulted in several thousand dollars in damage. A prank phone call to the Steptoe McDonalds store resulted in several thousand dollars in damage.

KENNEWICK, WA -  A prank phone call to the Steptoe McDonalds store resulted in several thousand dollars in damage.

Employees at the restaurant reported receiving a phone call from a man who identified himself and stated he was with the Fire Department and told the employee he was testing the fire alarm system from a remote location, according to the release by The Kennewick Police Department.
 
Police say the employee was told to pull the fire alarm, to re-set the system which resulted in the system spraying a chemical agent used to put out any fire over the grills and deep fryers.

This resulted in the restaurant having to close and create a loss in the area of $5,000 in clean up, repairs and sales, said to police. 

The investigation revealed that a similar call was made to the Kennewick Ave. McDonalds however staff at that location hung up on the caller.

KPD also reported a similar incident at the McDonalds located in Stanfield, OR where the alarm was also activated. 

Kennewick Fire Department advises they will not call a business to conduct fire alarm testing under any circumstance. 

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