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Light ballast causes fire scare at Logan's Steakhouse

Captain Bobby Spargo of the Albany Fire Department says firemen found an overheated light ballast when they arrived on the scene.
/ Colby Gallagher


It wasn't a burned meal that surprised lunchgoers at Logan's Steakhouse Wednesday afternoon when heavy smoke showed up.

The Albany Fire Department responded to Logan's Steakhouse after they received a call concerning a structure fire shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday afternoon -- but it was a false alarm.

Captain Bobby Spargo says firemen found an overheated light ballast when they arrived on the scene.

Spargo says this is commonly mistaken for a fire because it causes noxious odors and heavy smoke. Spargo advised management to call an electrician to replace the ballast -- a transformer located in the fluorescent lighting.

No one was injured during this incident and all staff was allowed back inside by 11:15 a.m.

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