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Silver Spoon owner takes care of employees after April fire

Sometimes when tragedy strikes opportunities arise for people to step up and help out others in need, such was the case with The Silver Spoon’s owner Vera Oldham and her staff following a devastating fire at the restaurant back in April.

Crews are still working to restore The Silver Spoon, 529 SW C, to its former glory, but thanks to an insurance policy paid for by Oldham to protect her employees, the staff of the restaurant have been taken care of in the four months that the restaurant has been closed for repairs.

The fire at the restaurant occurred on April 21, and while the fire itself, which started in the restaurant’s kitchen, burned out fairly quickly, smoke caused significant damage to the rest of the restaurant.

“It started in the kitchen, with an electrical arc in a 14-month old sandwich unit,” Oldham said.

Smoke damage in building

“The first burned just in the kitchen, but smoke spread throughout the building,” said The Silver Spoon’s cook Roger Church.

The fire, which started in the afternoon, was still smoldering early the next morning, Oldham said. That day, not only was the restaurant a loss, but Oldham said she also lost a delivery of fresh meat and produce that arrives every Monday.

“At first we thought we would be able to a couple of weeks of tidy up work, but as time went on it became a darker and darker story,” Oldham said.

In portions of the building, the walls had to be removed down to the studs she said. Oldham said that Servepro representatives were on hand for two weeks cleaning and sponging the building in the hopes of getting the restaurant back up and operating quickly.

The Lawton Constitution

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