Minor Electrical Fire Contained Quickly at Common Man Windham Thanks to Fire Suppression System

Release Date: Jun 18,2013



For More Information Contact: Erica Murphy, Director of Communications & Community Relations, The Common Man (603) 641-0057

Updated 4:45 p.m. 6/18/13 

WINDHAM, NH – The Common Man restaurant in Windham, New Hampshire sustained minimal damage Tuesday when a small electrical fire broke out in the restaurant.

According to COO Warren Dodge, Kitchen Manager Kenny Mulligan was in the restaurant at 88 Range Road doing prep work and smelled smoke around 10:15 a.m.  Mulligan searched for a source but as the smoke intensified, he promptly exited and called the Windham Fire Department, which had already received an alert from the building’s fire alarm system.

Fire officials determined a utility strip malfunctioned and ignited a small piece of furniture.  Because the building’s fire suppression system was activated, the fire was quickly extinguished by the sprinklers. 

As the restaurant is a dinner-only facility, there were no guests inside the restaurant at the time of the incident.  Mulligan was sent to the hospital by Common Man family management as a precaution, but was uninjured and was back at the restaurant to assist with clean up efforts early this afternoon.

Dodge said the Windham Fire Department, building inspector and health inspector have all evaluated the building and given approval for opening later this evening pending clean up of water remnants and a re-charge of the fire suppression system.   Dodge said the restaurant re-opened around 4:30 p.m. and thanked all Windham officials and Common Man employees for their quick response and efforts to re-open the restaurant.

Founded in 1971 by owner Alex Ray, the Common Man family is made up of 18 restaurants, two Inns, a Spa and Salon, Company Store and The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center.  Common Man locations include Common Man restaurants in Lincoln, Ashland, Concord, Claremont, Merrimack, Windham and Portsmouth; Common Man Inn & Spa, Foster’s Boiler Room, Italian Farmhouse and The Flying Monkey in Plymouth; Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont; Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Lago and Town Docks in Meredith; Route 104 Diner in New Hampton; Tilt’n Diner in Tilton; Airport Diner in Manchester; Common Man Express and the Common Man Company Store, both in Ashland.  For more information, visit thecman.com or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecommonmannh and find them on Twitter @thecmannh.


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