PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Plainfield Township Fire Chief says brutally cold weather made it difficult to fight a large fire at a restaurant early Wednesday morning.
Investigators say the fire at Qdoba Mexican Grille, located on Northland Drive, began at 1 a.m. in the kitchen area. Flames spread toward the roof, which firefighters had to open to extinguish the blaze.
Firefighters dealt with several weather-related problems, including frozen valves on two trucks, and in a hose, as well as a frozen hydrant.
Chief David Peterson says temperatures in the single digits also took a toll on firefighters, who were on the scene for seven hours.
"The challenge with crews is the longer they're there, the more ice enclosed they become," said Peterson.
Firefighters from Plainfield Township, Grand Rapids, Algoma Township, and Cannon Township assisted with the fire.
Chief Peterson estimates the fire caused at least $75,000 in damage. Several other nearby businesses also sustained minor damage.