West Chester Fire Department responds to Fricker’s restaurant at 7844 Kingland Drive in West Chester Twp. for a report of a partial ceiling collapse Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

No injuries in partial ceiling collapse at Butler County restaurant

Fire crews that arrived at the scene of a partial ceiling collapse at Fricker’s in West Chester Twp. departed from the site at 4:40 p.m. Several people could be seen standing outside the evacuated building.

A restaurant official told this news outlet that a sprinkler line ruptured, collapsing part of the ceiling and causing water damage inside the restauarant.

While there’s no word on when this Fricker’s will re-open, the restaurant chain does have two other nearby locations, one at 4810 Roosevelt Blvd. in Middletown and the other at 8850 Governor’s Hill Drive in Deerfield Twp.


The West Chester Fricker’s location at 7844 Kingland Drive was evacuated shortly after 4 p.m. today following a water main break that caused part of a drop ceiling to collapse.

No one was injured in the incident, according to Barb Wilson, spokeswoman for the township. Wilson said she did not immediately know how much of the ceiling had fallen in.

West Chester Fire Department crews have responded to the scene, she said.

We also have a crew headed to the scene and will update this story as we learn more.

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Staff Photographer Nick Graham contributed to this report