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Investigators link overturned gas can to fire that destroyed Albany Burger King

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ALBANY, OR (AP) -

An overturned gas can was likely ignited by a pilot light causing a fire that destroyed a Burger King restaurant in Albany, according to investigators.

Firefighters responded to Burger King on the 1400 block of Southeast Geary Street at 8:43 a.m. Saturday.

Crews arrived to find the building fully involved in flames. A second alarm was called out and around three dozen firefighters worked to control the fire.

All customers and employees managed to evacuate the burning building. One employee received medical treatment at the scene.

Investigators said Monday they determined the cause of the fire was gasoline that spilled out of an overturned can in the bulk storage area of the restaurant. Witnesses described the spilled gas catching on fire, likely from a pilot light.

The fair market value of the building is estimated at $1.1 million, according to the Linn County Assessor's Office.

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